• The expiration date on foods like orange juice and even milk aren't indicators of when those products will go bad.
    8:57am Jan 02, 2013
    Science Science Arts

    Don't Fear That Expired Food

    When food passes its sell-by date, it's swept from the supermarket shelf. But that doesn't mean it's not safe to eat. Taste and smell are usually better indicators of a food's safety. And some items, like canned foods, can even last years or decades after their expiration date.
  • Audiobooks
    5:46am Dec 31, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Listen Up! Audiobooks For Every Taste

    From a charming tale of the tooth fairy to the very grown-up fiction of Graham Greene, read by the very grown-up Colin Firth, Robin Whitten of AudioFile magazine picks some of 2012's best audiobooks for your holiday listening.
  • Ben Fountain is the author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk and the short story collection Brief Encounters With Che Guevara.
    Thorne Anderson
    6:33pm Dec 30, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Author Ben Fountain's Book Picks For 2013

    Ben Fountain's first novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. He's well-read for 2013, so we thought we'd ask him what to look forward to in the book world.
  • 5:38pm Dec 29, 2012
    Arts Arts

    Graphic Novels That Flew Under The Radar In 2012

    As 2012 winds to a close, Glenn Weldon shares a couple of graphic novels that caught his eye this year: Drama by Raina Telgemeier and The Crackle of the Frost by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner. (This piece initially aired Nov. 20, 2012, on All Things Considered).
  • Short Stories
    Nishant Choksi
    5:38pm Dec 29, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Short Stories To Savor On A Winter Weekend

    Author Hortense Calisher once called the short story "an apocalypse in a teacup." Critic Jane Ciabattari presents her favorite mini-apocalypses of 2012, from veteran authors like Sherman Alexie to newcomer Claire Vaye Watkins, who combines a unique voice and a shadowed family history in her debut collection.
  • biographies
    Nishant Choksi
    6:26pm Dec 28, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    True Originals: Biographies That Defy Expectations

    Our list of this year's best biographies focuses on books about individuals who lived their lives off the beaten path. From the story of a spy turned chef to the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, these books chronicle subjects who refused to conform to the expectations of others.
  • 4:23pm Dec 28, 2012
    Books Books Arts

    Colbert On Musical Moments And 'America Again'

    As part of our year-end wrap up, we are sharing the best Fresh Air interviews of 2012. Here we listen back to two interviews we did this year with Stephen Colbert. He talks about the presidential debates, his superPAC, Jesus Christ Superstar and Elvis Costello