Alison’s Recent Stories
Arts Dec 22Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie? 5 great (but debatable) holiday films
What makes a holiday movie? We asked a pop-culture blogger for non-traditional holiday recommendations.
Poetry Dec 04His wife worked at Sandy Hook. Now this poet is helping start a conversation about gun violence
The shooting “changed our lives that day, and we became activists.” In a new collection, 54 poems address gun violence in America.
Arts Nov 22A short history of the audiobook, 20 years after the first portable digital audio device
Twenty years after the first audio player, PBS NewsHour looks at back at the history of audiobooks and where they’re headed next.
Poetry Nov 20In poet John Keats’ letters, a man full of life just before he died
Romantic poet John Keats is best known for his odes, epics and sonnets. But in his short lifetime he also wrote dozens of letters to siblings and friends, which are now surfacing together online for the first time, 200 years…
Arts Nov 20PHOTOS: These gruesome dollhouse death scenes reinvented murder investigations
20th century heiress Frances Glessner Lee's parents pushed her toward feminine crafts. She used that to build dollhouse scenes of death that would help future investigators do forensic crime analysis.
Arts Nov 035 mystery novels you should seek out now
From "Rebecca" to "Strangers on a Train," here are 5 mystery novels you need to read now.
Arts Oct 27The 5 classic horror films you need to watch this Halloween
Early films like the 1929 "Nosferatu" set the archetype for today's horror movies, said Jacob McMurray, curator for a new exhibit on horror cinema. These classics are guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
Arts Oct 20200 years since ‘Frankenstein’ and it’s still alive. Here are 5 of the best adaptations
Since the classic 1931 film, “Frankenstein” has been spun off into hundreds of plays, television shows, books and films.
Arts Oct 135 moody graphic novels that influenced the Harry Potter illustrator’s work
Jim Kay, the artist behind the illustrated Harry Potter books, recommends graphic novels that are dark, mysterious, mystical and moody.
Nation Oct 11The Boy Scouts say they will now admit girls. Here’s what that means.
Here’s what we know about the decision -- and what it means for scouting.