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January 23, 2015 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather’s new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23, 2015 2 Comments

Remembering The Children’s Blizzard Of 1888

At this time of year in 1888, people across the Upper Midwest were mourning the deaths of hundreds of people — most of them children.

January 21, 2015 22 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 20, 2015 9 Comments

Fallen Soldier's Story Continues To Inspire

After Jared Monti was killed, his father started driving his son’s old truck. It inspired a song, and now, a book.

January 19, 2015 Comment

Revisiting Boris Fishman’s ‘A Replacement Life’

The debut novel centers around an immigrant who gets pulled into a scheme of writing fraudulent petitions for Holocaust reparations.

January 15, 2015 4 Comments

Wes Moore On Looking For Work That Matters

After the success of his bestselling memoir, the Army veteran and author is out with a new book, “The Work.”

January 6, 2015 4 Comments

Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?

The new book “Marissa Mayer and The Fight To Save Yahoo!” explores the company and the woman brought in to save it.

January 2, 2015 Comment

Documenting The Evolution Of Hip Hop

Music journalist Brian Coleman has compiled what he calls the “invisible liner notes” of hip hop in two anthologies.

January 1, 2015 Comment

Veteran Mountaineer On Climbing Cerro Torre

Mountaineer Kelly Cordes is among the few who have climbed Cerro Torre in Patagonia. He wrote about his own ascent and others who’ve climbed the storied mountain.

December 30, 2014 6 Comments

A Weekend Edition Editor Shares Her Picks For Best Books Of 2014

Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon reads a lot of books in her line of work. She says 2014 was a great year for science fiction and young adult literature.

December 30, 2014 34 Comments

Share Your Favorite Books Of 2014

Listeners: what were your favorite books this year?

December 30, 2014 6 Comments

Rewriting A Life Story Later In Life

We revisit our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Gail Caldwell about her memoir “New Life, No Instructions.”

December 29, 2014 7 Comments

Remembering ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel about Oklahoma farmers after the Dust Bowl of the 1930s celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

December 29, 2014 5 Comments

Author: Controversy Over Sony Film May Be Helping North Korea

Author Suki Kim says the controversy over “The Interview” is distracting from a series of votes in the U.N. over North Korea’s human rights record.

December 24, 2014 Comment

Animated Films Become Bridge To Child With Autism

When acclaimed journalist Ron Suskind’s son Owen was nearly three years old, he suddenly stopped communicating.

December 24, 2014 Comment

Gourmet Magazine Editor Ruth Reichl Dishes About First Novel

Acclaimed for her non-fiction, Reichl has turned her talents to fiction in “Delicious!”

December 17, 2014 3 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author’s debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 10, 2014 2 Comments

The 14 Best Cookbooks Of 2014

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

December 9, 2014 8 Comments

De-Cluttering Your House With Love

Marie Kondo has built a huge following with her method of organizing that focuses on keeping things that inspire joy.

December 9, 2014 Comment

Khaled Mattawa’s Journey From Arabic To English And Back Again

The Libya native shares some of his poems and translations and talks about bridging the gap between two cultures.


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January 22 Comment

The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 21 22 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 21 2 Comments

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president's plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.