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June 29, 2015 4 Comments

First Known Plane Hijacking Was A Flight To Freedom

Nearly 60 years ago, a forced laborer in a Hungarian brick factory hatched a far-fetched plan to escape.

June 17, 2015 Comment

In ‘Daddy, Stop Talking,’ Adam Carolla Takes On Parenting

The comedian rants and riffs about his kids in “Daddy, Stop Talking! & Other Things My Kids Want But Won’t Be Getting.”

June 11, 2015 4 Comments

‘Ithaca Diaries’ Looks Back On College In The ’60s

Anita Harris writes about life as a student during a “time of trauma and transformation” at Cornell University and across the country.

June 4, 2015 2 Comments

Paula Williams Madison Is ‘Finding Samuel Lowe’

Paula Williams Madison writes about her journey to trace her roots and find her people.

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.


From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

Robin and Jeremy

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

June 26 4 Comments

What Happens When Mavericks Gather For Family Reunion

Their family name inspired the English word we know today. We drop in on their unusual family reunion in San Antonio.

June 25 79 Comments

Controversial New Textbooks Go Into Use This Fall In Texas

The books contain information challenged by academics, that critics say is making education far too political.

June 24 9 Comments

Houston’s Mayor On Race, Roads And Gay Rights

Jeremy Hobson sits down with Annise Parker, the city's second female mayor and first openly gay mayor.

June 24 Comment

10 Years Later: Hurricane Katrina Evacuees In Houston

Syeda Hasan of Houston Public Media spoke with two New Orleans evacuees about what it took to call Houston home.