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May 26, 2015 2 Comments

Simon Rich’s ‘Spoiled Brats’

If you’re looking for light fun read for an upcoming vacation, the short story collection “Spoiled Brats” comes out in paperback today.

May 25, 2015 3 Comments

Not Your Mother’s Pot Brownie

A Boulder-based baker of marijuana-infused products is capitalizing on the growing popularity of “edibles” with a cookbook.

May 22, 2015 Comment

‘All Souls Trilogy’ Author Deborah Harkness

The hugely successful books are set in a world where witches, vampires and demons live alongside humans.

May 21, 2015 7 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi’s career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

May 20, 2015 Comment

‘Finding The Good’ Through Obituary Writing

Journalist Heather Lende has been writing obituaries in the small town of Haines, Alaska, for 20 years.

May 18, 2015 10 Comments

Chef Ottolenghi On Food, And Its Role In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Jerusalem-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi is widely acclaimed for his restaurants and his cookbooks.

May 8, 2015 Comment

A Bad Day For Proofreading: Printing A Perilous Bible

In the final story of our “Bad Days in History” series this week, author Michael Farquhar shares a story from England in 1632.

May 8, 2015 4 Comments

Sandra Tsing Loh Opens Up On Menopause

We revisit our conversation with the writer and comic about her book “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones.”

May 6, 2015 Comment

Today In Bad Day History: The ‘Hitler Diary’

On May 6, 1983, a German news magazine discovered the diaries it paid millions of dollars for were actually forgeries.

May 6, 2015 Comment

‘Re Jane’ Gives ‘Jane Eyre’ A Korean Spin

Patricia Park’s novel is set in modern times and centers on Jane Re, a half-Korean girl in Queens, New York.

May 5, 2015 Comment

A Tragic Tradition On This Day In History

Every day this week, we’re checking in with the author of “Bad Days in History.” We hear a grim story from this date in 1806.

May 4, 2015 2 Comments

So You Think You Had A Bad Day?

Every day this week, we’re checking in with Michael Farquhar, whose new book documents a bad thing that happened every day of the year.

May 4, 2015 2 Comments

A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka of Pennsylvania and Martin Ganda of Zimbabwe became best friends – and better people – through their exchange.

May 1, 2015 Comment

Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

“The Fishermen” is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.

April 29, 2015 Comment

A Story Of Bipolar And A Daughter’s Search For Answers

In the 1920s and ’30s, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising star in the medical world, but his struggle with bipolar disorder hampered his life.

April 29, 2015 15 Comments

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

April 10, 2015 3 Comments

Malcolm Gladwell Wrestles With David And Goliath Stories

The bestselling author of “Blink” and “Outliers” argues that our assumptions about power and advantage need to change.

April 8, 2015 8 Comments

‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ Turns 25

The children’s book was the ninth most frequently banned book in the 1990s. Is it still relevant today? Author Lesléa Newman answers.

April 7, 2015 3 Comments

Documenting America’s War On Crime From Within

Urban sociologist Alice Goffman decided to study the effects of the war on crime by living in a Philadelphia neighborhood for six years.

April 6, 2015 2 Comments

Mark Twain Was A Travelin’ Man

In his day, Twain was better known as an author of travel books. A new book traces his footsteps around the world.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

May 27 Comment

Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd reports there is no relief in sight for California farmers and wildlife ravaged by drought.

May 27 21 Comments

Comedy Writer Brings ‘The Tweet Of God’ To Broadway

"An Act of God," starring Jim Parsons, was born out of David Javerbaum's parody Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod.

May 26 4 Comments

Old-Fashioned Bell Helps 12-Year-Old Minnesota Boy Battle Cancer

David Gerfast and his family are fighting cancer with an old-fashioned ship captain's bell and high-tech proton beam radiation.

May 26 2 Comments

Just (Lobster) Roll With It: Variations On A Summer Tradition

In New England, lobster rolls are a summer tradition, but if you ask 100 chefs how to make one, you'll get 100 different answers.