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November 19, 2014 223 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.”

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 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 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.

September 30, 2014 Comment

Medieval Mystery Novel Out In Paperback

English professor Bruce Holsinger’s medieval mystery novel is out in paperback, and features Geoffrey Chaucer.

September 29, 2014 30 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 23, 2014 6 Comments

The Lawyer Who Would ‘Stop At Nothing To Win’

Paul Barrett’s new book chronicles a decades long environmental case to win compensation for Ecuador’s indigenous tribes, and the lawyer who waged it.

September 22, 2014 47 Comments

Demystifying The Islamic Veil

Sahar Amer, an Islamic studies professor, takes a comparative cultural look at the hotly debated and misunderstood practice of veiling.

September 17, 2014 44 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.

September 11, 2014 Comment

Dennis Lehane Takes ‘The Drop’ From Screen To Page

Author Dennis Lehane discusses adapting a screenplay into a novel.

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November 21 5 Comments

Students Protest University Of California Tuition Hikes

In spite of protests on University of California campuses, the board voted to hike tuitions by about 5 percent every year for the next five years.

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

November 20 Comment

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 20 21 Comments

More Companies Selling Antibiotic-Free Meats

Demand is rising for meat raised without antibiotics. The owner of a company specializing in antibiotic-free meat and poultry joins us.