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October 30, 2014 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about “the aggregation of marginal gains.”

October 30, 2014 3 Comments

Eerie Reads For Halloween

Petra Mayer of NPR Books recommends a new scary story collection, as well as the ’80s classic, “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”

October 28, 2014 2 Comments

The Mystery Of Michael Rockefeller’s Disappearance

A new book attempts to piece together what happened to the 23-year-old heir, who went missing in Dutch New Guinea in 1961.

October 21, 2014 Comment

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

October 21, 2014 4 Comments

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

October 20, 2014 2 Comments

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

October 15, 2014 4 Comments

‘Only A Game’ Host Talks About Sports And Poetry

Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, has written a book of poems about sports.

October 15, 2014 3 Comments

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

October 14, 2014 17 Comments

E.O. Wilson On ‘The Meaning Of Human Existence’

Biologist and naturalist E.O. Wilson has written a new book that is longlisted for the National Book Award.

October 14, 2014 3 Comments

Simon Rich Takes On Solipsism In ‘Spoiled Brats’

The 30 year-old, former Saturday Night Live writer’s new book tells humorous stories with a serious message: the importance of perspective.

October 13, 2014 Comment

Short Stories Exploring The Jewish Experience

Molly Antopol’s debut short story collection, “The Un-Americans,” tells stories of Jews divided by geography but united by history.

October 10, 2014 Comment

From ‘The Girl Who Was Shot’ To Nobel Laureate

Malala Yousafzai today became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We revisit our conversation with her last year.

October 9, 2014 Comment

Poems Inspired By Two-Letter Words

Stephin Merritt of the band The Magnetic Fields is out with a new book of poetry inspired by Scrabble two-letter words.

October 9, 2014 Comment

French Novelist Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

French novelist Patrick Modiano, whom the Swedish Academy describes as well-known in France but nowhere else, has won the prize in Literature.

October 8, 2014 Comment

Carl Hiaasen Writes A ‘Skink’ Book For Teens

Carl Hiaasen has written his first novel for teens, featuring his much loved character, Skink.

October 7, 2014 4 Comments

Lena Dunham Meets Her Following

Lena Dunham, who has a huge following among young women, is out with a book of essays that focuses on some of the same themes as her hit show, “Girls.”

October 7, 2014 Comment

Former Defense Secretary Heaps Criticism On Obama

Former Defense Secretary and CIA director Leon Panetta is promoting his new book and criticizing his former boss, President Obama, over his handling of world conflicts.

October 6, 2014 6 Comments

Afghan Daughters Raised As Sons

Jenny Nordberg chronicles a practice known as Bacha Posh in Afghanistan, whereby parents raise a daughter as a son.

October 2, 2014 47 Comments

Writing Well: A Scientist’s Take On Style

Cognitive scientist Steve Pinker draws from linguistics and neuroscience research to answer the question, what makes writing good?

October 1, 2014 3 Comments

This Music Has No Borders: Scots-Irish Music In Appalachia

A new book and companion CD follow the immigration and music of Scots-Irish who came to Appalachia in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Robin and Jeremy

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

October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

October 30 12 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 9 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including "Flash Boys" and "Liar's Poker."