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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 111 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 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 41 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.