Moroccan cities and desert locales have served as stand-ins for many movies actually set in other Middle East countries. But some in Morocco would like their country to play itself more often on the big screen
Richard Schiff starred as Toby Ziegler in the hit series The West Wing — as a lead writer for President Jed Bartlett. The day after President Obama delivered his last State of the Union, Schiff looked at what Obama said.
Guest reviewer Tom Schnabel of KCRW spins tracks from the new album "Viva Africando." The group, Africando, is an ensemble of musicians from West Africa and the Caribbean islands. The result is Latin music with African voices.
Fans of the Yellow Dogs are distraught over the murder of two of the band's members. The band made the leap from underground gigs in Tehran to performances in New York. One fan from their early days in Iran remembers their beginnings and their happiness in being rock stars in the US.
China has its share of athletes. Chinese ping pong champions, figure skaters, divers and gymnasts have all brought home Olympic medals. But football is a bit more of an unknown. And the NFL wants to change that.
B.J. Novak was not long out of college when he landed a dream job: a major role on The Office, as well as the opportunity to write and produce for the program. But Novak left the show a year before it ended and in the time since, he's turned his attention to writing again. This time, he's writing fictional short stories — that have a bit of reality tucked in.
Primetime dramas in South Korea — known as K-Dramas — are filled with implausible story lines, complete with romantic twists and turns. They’ve been popular in Asia for years, but thanks to online streaming websites, they’re now gaining a cult-like following in the US.
The Russian move into Ukraine has surely put the Crimean peninsula in the media spotlight. But Crimea's also a place that's embedded in Russian popular culture and art. It's a place that has filled the imagination of artists, poets and writers for centuries.
If you look at theater today, you'll find works that are either very old or relatively new, but not much in between. Few of the plays being performed date from the time between Shakespeare's death almost 400 years ago and the late 19th century. But there are great plays — and they are full of sex, treachery, ambition and passion.