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November 24, 2015 Comment

‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Goes From Podcast To Page

The popular podcast, presented as a radio broadcast from a weird desert town, has been adapted into a new novel.

November 23, 2015 23 Comments

How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

A postal worker created a guide for black travelers that was published almost every year from 1936 to 1966.

November 18, 2015 Comment

Succeeding By ‘Thinking Like The Enemy’

“Red teaming” is a concept used by the CIA, the military and some corporations to assess their vulnerabilities.

November 18, 2015 5 Comments

Burt Reynolds Looks Back On His Life And Career In New Memoir

As the title “But Enough About Me” implies, the book also contains many of his memories about people he’s met along the way.

November 18, 2015 16 Comments

Researchers: 1.5 Million U.S. Families Living On $2 A Day

Where do these families live? How did they get so poor? Two researchers explore the answers in a new book.

November 17, 2015 7 Comments

Timbaland Reflects On His Music Career In ‘Emperor Of Sound’

For two decades now, Timbaland has been producing some of music’s biggest stars, including Missy Elliot and Jay-Z.

November 16, 2015 14 Comments

Arundhati Roy: India Is Undergoing An ‘Ideological Tectonic Shift’

The author has joined the growing list of writers, filmmakers and academics protesting “thuggish violence” against India’s Muslims.

November 10, 2015 2 Comments

Paul Gambaccini: A Year Under Police Scrutiny

The popular BBC personality chronicles his year in limbo after being falsely accused in a sex abuse scandal.

November 4, 2015 14 Comments

The True Story Of Winnie The Pooh And Her Pal, Christopher Robin

In 1914, a Canadian veterinarian bought a bear cub from a trapper for $20. He took the bear, named Winnie for his native Winnipeg, and headed to England with his regiment to train for WWI.

November 3, 2015 Comment

Amazon Opens Its First Brick And Mortar Store

Today, Amazon Books opens in Seattle’s University Village, marking the first physical store for the online retail giant.

November 3, 2015 Comment

‘Prison Ramen’ Gives A Taste Of Life Behind Bars

Gustavo “Goose” Alvarez was serving time in the California Institute for Men in Chino, California, when a prison riot led to an unexpected meal, fellowship and an idea for a cookbook.

October 30, 2015 49 Comments

How Ghost Tours Often Exploit African-American History

Historian Tiya Miles’ new book “Tales from the Haunted South” takes a hard look at Southern ghost tours.

October 26, 2015 5 Comments

From Sugar Cane Plantation Kids To Swimming Champions

Julie Checkoway’s new book tells the true story of a group of students whose teacher challenged them to become Olympians.

October 22, 2015 Comment

Diana Nyad, In Her 60s, Keeps Making Swimming History

The swimming legend talks about her competitive drive and personal hurdles in her new memoir “Find A Way.”

October 16, 2015 8 Comments

Shea Serrano’s ‘The Rap Year Book’ Is A History Of Rap

The Grantland writer has deconstructed the most important rap songs from 1979 to 2014 in a new illustrated book.

October 15, 2015 3 Comments

Kidnapping Film ‘Room’ Evokes Hope In Mother-Child Bond

Emma Donaghue wrote “Room” from the perspective of a little boy who has never seen the outside world.

October 15, 2015 22 Comments

Publisher Will Revise Textbook That Called Slaves ‘Workers’

McGraw-Hill has apologized and said it will revise its textbook after a Texas teenager and his mother pointed out the passage.

October 13, 2015 23 Comments

How Alcohol Has Shaped American History

Susan Cheever writes about America’s long relationship with alcohol in “Drinking In America: Our Secret History.”

October 9, 2015 Comment

Lessons From Speaker Henry Clay, ‘The Great Compromiser’

Historian Harlow Giles Unger calls him America’s greatest House speaker, working with 10 presidents over 50 years.

October 8, 2015 4 Comments

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.


Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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

November 23 3 Comments

James Taylor Is ‘Gobsmacked’ By Medal Of Freedom Honor

The five-time Grammy winner looks back on his career, ahead of receiving the country's highest civilian honor.

November 23 23 Comments

How To Travel While Black During Jim Crow

A postal worker created a guide for black travelers that was published almost every year from 1936 to 1966.

November 20 7 Comments

The Obama Administration’s Strategy In The Fight Against ISIS

The president's special envoy to Global Coalition to Counter ISIL discusses the administration's strategy against the militant group.

November 20 24 Comments

The Language Of Counterterrorism: Is Obama Striking The Right Tone?

President Obama has been careful about how he frames terrorist attacks and the fight against extremism. Some say too careful.