90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Book Excerpts
February 19, 2015 7 Comments

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Think you’re too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

February 17, 2015 2 Comments

A Young Malcolm X, Through The Eyes Of His Daughter

Ilyasah Shabazz has written a young adult novel based on her father’s troubled teenage years, before he became a civil rights activist.

February 13, 2015 4 Comments

Margo Howard Dishes On Love And (Re) Marriage

You might think an advice columnist would be an expert on love and relationships, but Margo’s love life has been complicated.

February 11, 2015 Comment

Mimi Sheraton’s ‘1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die’

Sheraton has written about food for some six decades. Her latest book is a bucket list of foods to try before you die.

January 26, 2015 3 Comments

Bloom Of Arab Spring Fades In Egypt

Protests in Egypt erupted on the fourth anniversary of the Arab Spring. Thanassis Cambanis’ new book explores why Egypt had a revolution and why it failed.

January 23, 2015 6 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 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 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 12, 2015 55 Comments

New Ways Of Treating Trauma: Try Some Yoga

A renowned trauma expert says yoga and mindfulness techniques can help people recover from PTSD.

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.

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 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 8, 2014 Comment

In ‘The Death Of Santini’ Pat Conroy Turns From Fiction To Memoir

We revisit with author Pat Conroy, whose book, “The Death of Santini,” is out in paperback this month.

November 19, 2014 226 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

November 18, 2014 3 Comments

Outspoken Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds Pens Memoir

The track star has won his share of races, but he often gets as much attention for what he does off the track as what he does on it.

November 11, 2014 25 Comments

Amanda Palmer On ‘The Art Of Asking’

The performer is both celebrated and attacked for it. She writes in her new memoir, “I am totally not afraid to ask. For anything.”

November 11, 2014 Comment

The First Navy SEALs

Combat historian Patrick O’Donnell has written a new book about the birth of the U.S. military’s most elite unit.

October 30, 2014 3 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 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.”

Find past shows by date
Spotlight

We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

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

February 26 29 Comments

That Political Bumper Sticker Could Cost You Your Job

In most states in the country, labor laws will not protect you from getting fired over a political bumper sticker.

February 26 2 Comments

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

February 25 Comment

DJ Sessions: New Music From Nashville

For this week's DJ Session, Marcia Campbell shares songs from Teea Goans, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton and Earls of Leicester.

February 25 97 Comments

Feminist Gamer Withdraws From PAX East, Citing Safety Concerns

Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.