The "Fast and Furious" franchise includes eight feature films and two short films, and it looks like it's about to include a series of spinoff films. It's Universal Pictures's highest-grossing film franchise with a combined box office nearing $5 billion.
Uhh, how did that happen?
This hour, we take a serious, public radio look at a series -- and a genre -- of films that serious public radio tends to ignore.
And: Slate's Stephen Metcalf joins us to talk about the masterwork of the action film form: "Die Hard."
- Stephanie Merry - Pop culture reporter for The Washington Post
- Stephen Metcalf - Slate's critic at large
- Bob Mondello - NPR's senior arts critic
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.