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Monday, April 14, 2014
Rob Baedeker and Chris Colin are the authors of "What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with Your Boss's Boss." (Ilana Diamond)

If you’ve ever failed at trying to start a conversation with an intriguing looking person at a party, these authors can help.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
U.S. novelist John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) is pictured in January 1930. "The Grapes of Wrath" was published April 14, 1939. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Judy Feaster says scouts regularly hang out in their cars or browse the shelves towards the front of McKay’s, watching for employees taking cartons full of books out to the free bin. She’s pretty sure the store knows what they’re up to. (Nina Cardona/WPLN)

Every day, people donate old books to thrift shops or sell them for a quarter at yard sales. But some of those castoffs are worth much more.

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and his fiancée, Erin Hurley, are expecting their first child. (Jesse Costa/Here & Now)

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.

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Friday, April 11, 2014
The S.S. United States, which held speed records for Atlantic crossings, is docked in the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

The fastest cruise liner ever built is gutted and rusting, but has attracted the attention of a best-selling author and illustrator.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An engaged Muslim couple by the sea (D'Arcy Vallance/Flickr)

In the story collection “Salaam, Love,” Muslim men talk about growing up in the U.S. and their search for love, sex and intimacy.

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Qais Akbar Omar (Tom Fattori)

An Afghan author reflects on the possibilities for his country and the Afghan people’s optimism following the national election.

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Friday, April 4, 2014
One of the most recognizable structures in the world, the Eiffel Tower, located in Paris, turns 125 this week. (James Whitesmith/Flickr)

The Paris landmark was completed this week in 1889. We look at its history and legacy with Joseph Harriss.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana during the taping of MTV Unplugged at Sony Studios in New York City, November 18, 1993. On the 20 year anniversary of Cobain's death and with Nirvana about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we look back on Cobain's lasting legacy. (Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

It’s been 20 years since the Nirvana frontman committed suicide. Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross joins us to look at his legacy.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone waits to see what Twitter's opening market price will be on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The co-founder of Twitter discusses the early days of Twitter, how to achieve success and his latest venture, Jelly.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sonia Nazario wrote about a Honduran boy who came to the United States in search of his mother. (Random House

The author of “Enrique’s Journey” revisits the dangerous journey children make from Central America to the United States.

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Monday, March 24, 2014
David Stuart MacLean experienced amnesia when he traveled to India. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

David Stuart MacLean recounts his attempt to piece together his trip in India, where he experienced amnesia.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Principal Jose Navarro with student Noe Delgado at the Social Justice Humanitas Academy graduation in June 2013. (Michael Owen Baker/Los Angeles Daily News)

Why do some low-income schools succeed where others fail? We speak with an expert and two remarkable educators.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Merrimack River in Lowell, Jack Kerouac's hometown. (Casey Ashlock)

Alex Ashlock went to Kerouac’s hometown of Lowell, Mass., to find out more about “The Haunted Life.”

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Domenica Ruta is author of the memoir "With or Without You." (Meredith Zinner)

“With or Without You” is being released in paperback today. Ruta’s memoir depicts a chaotic upbringing in Danvers, Mass.

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Monday, March 10, 2014
The home of American writer Eudora Welty in Jackson, Mississippi. (J R Gordon/Flickr)

The niece of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern writer gives host Robin Young a tour of the late author’s home.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
"This Star Won't Go Out" book cover

Esther Earl died at age 16 from cancer. Her parents have published a collection of her writings.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
An 11-year-old Jeremy Hobson (left) is pictured with Dave Barry and Chris Jeckel in 1993 at Willard Airport in Savoy, Ill. (WILL)

Host Jeremy Hobson first spoke to humorist Dave Barry in 1993. He catches up with Barry as his latest book, “You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty,” comes out today.

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Friday, February 28, 2014
An image capture from security footage of the Key West Graveyard Thief. (John Martini)

The Florida island city has a history of comically inept thieves. But a recent crime spree by a stealthy burglar has residents on high alert.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are the creators and stars of "Portlandia" on IFC. (IFC)

As the quirky comedy show begins its fourth season, we check in with co-creators and stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen.

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Robin and Jeremy

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

April 15 7 Comments

4 Lamb Recipes, Plus Lamb Cooking Tips

With the weather getting warmer, Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst is thinking lamb. She shares recipes for Middle Eastern-style lamb meatballs and more.

April 15 14 Comments

The Problem With U.S. Tax Policies

Tax expert David Cay Johnston says it's easy to fool the IRS, but there's one catch: "you have to be rich." He says outdated tax policies are hurting the economy.

April 14 4 Comments

Lessons For News Media After Marathon Bombings

We take a look at what the news media got wrong and what can be learned for future breaking news coverage.

April 14 8 Comments

Marathon Bombing Survivor Loses Limbs But Finds New Life

A year after Jeff Bauman lost both legs in the bombing, he and his fiancée are expecting their first child.