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September 3, 2014 7 Comments

Road Trip Explores Americans’ Obsession With Dogs

Benoit Denizet-Lewis traveled across the country to find out why Americans love dogs so much.

August 26, 2014 113 Comments

A Fan Says No To Football

Steve Almond writes, “our allegiance to football legitimizes and ever fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism, and even homophobia.”

August 6, 2014 7 Comments

What Are You Agreeing To In Online Contracts?

If you don’t read all the fine print – and who does – you might be agreeing to more than you bargained for.

August 4, 2014 Comment

Book Gives Fly-On-The-Wall Access To Nixon Presidency

The voice-activated recordings that Nixon had made between February 1971 and January 1973 are transcribed in “The Nixon Tapes.”

July 31, 2014 2 Comments

New Novel Tells The Story Of The First Mass School Shooting

On August 1, 1966, a young man started shooting from the clock tower on the University of Texas campus in Austin.

July 21, 2014 Comment

Boxing Attracts More Than Would-Be Fighters

At the Ring Boxing Club, boxers range in age, are both men and women, and include an award-winning author.

July 16, 2014 Comment

Deborah Harkness Brings Her ‘All Souls’ Trilogy To A Close

Readers have been eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the series that began with “A Discovery of Witches.”

July 9, 2014 Comment

YA Novel ‘Say What You Will’ Draws Inspiration From Teens With Disabilities

When author Cammie McGovern’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism, she formed a program for children with disabilities.

July 2, 2014 Comment

Smith Henderson Taps Montana Roots For Critically Acclaimed Debut Novel

“Fourth of July Creek” is set in the author’s home state and centers on a social worker who becomes entangled with a survivalist.

June 26, 2014 Comment

Lisa See Illuminates Chinese Nightclub Scene Of Pre-WWII San Francisco

The novel “China Dolls” takes the reader to the late 1930s, when Chinese nightclubs became extremely popular.

June 12, 2014 Comment

Debut Novel Asks: What’s A Little Fakery For Family?

In “A Replacement Life,” author Boris Fishman writes about an immigrant from the former Soviet Union who moves to Manhattan.

June 12, 2014 26 Comments

Economist Milton Ezrati Outlines The Next 30 Years For The U.S.

His new book “Thirty Tomorrows” suggests that there are ways for the U.S. economy to age gracefully amid demographic change.

May 27, 2014 2 Comments

Using Disney To Reach A Child With Autism

When acclaimed journalist Ron Suskind’s son Owen was two and a half, he suddenly stopped communicating.

May 22, 2014 18 Comments

Former Oil Tycoon Warns West About More Russian Sanctions

Mikhail Khordorkovsky says further sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine would play into the hands of nationalists.

May 20, 2014 Comment

YA Author Lauren Oliver Creates ‘Panic’

In “Panic,” high school seniors in a struggling New York town compete for a cash prize in a high-stakes game of increasingly risky challenges.

April 18, 2014 Comment

Inside The Life Of A Restaurant Sous Chef

Michael Gibney’s new book “Sous Chef” lets readers experience 24 hours in the kitchen of an upscale New York restaurant.

April 17, 2014 4 Comments

Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

April 14, 2014 12 Comments

How To Start Conversations With Total Strangers

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

April 14, 2014 11 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.

April 8, 2014 3 Comments

American Muslim Men And The Search For Love

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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September 29 5 Comments

Michigan Coach Faces Criticism For Keeping QB In Play

University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was having trouble standing on his own after a major sack. The coach kept him in the game.

September 29 24 Comments

Methodist Pastor Faces Last Church Trial

Reverend Frank Schaefer, who was defrocked for officiating his son's same-sex marriage and later reinstated, awaits one more church trial. He writes about the experience in a new memoir.

September 29 3 Comments

Monarch Butterflies Could Be On Rebound

After precipitous declines in the monarch butterfly population, there are signs the species may be on the rebound.

September 26 4 Comments

Dean Of Boston Sports Journalism Celebrates 42 Years On The Job

Here & Now's Robin Young visits the most-beloved sportscaster you've never heard of: Jonny Miller.