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November 24, 2015 2 Comments

‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Goes From Podcast To Page

The popular podcast, presented as a radio broadcast from a weird desert town, has been adapted into a new novel.

November 18, 2015 Comment

Succeeding By ‘Thinking Like The Enemy’

“Red teaming” is a concept used by the CIA, the military and some corporations to assess their vulnerabilities.

November 18, 2015 6 Comments

Burt Reynolds Looks Back On His Life And Career In New Memoir

As the title “But Enough About Me” implies, the book also contains many of his memories about people he’s met along the way.

November 18, 2015 16 Comments

Researchers: 1.5 Million U.S. Families Living On $2 A Day

Where do these families live? How did they get so poor? Two researchers explore the answers in a new book.

November 17, 2015 7 Comments

Timbaland Reflects On His Music Career In ‘Emperor Of Sound’

For two decades now, Timbaland has been producing some of music’s biggest stars, including Missy Elliot and Jay-Z.

November 10, 2015 2 Comments

Paul Gambaccini: A Year Under Police Scrutiny

The popular BBC personality chronicles his year in limbo after being falsely accused in a sex abuse scandal.

November 4, 2015 14 Comments

The True Story Of Winnie The Pooh And Her Pal, Christopher Robin

In 1914, a Canadian veterinarian bought a bear cub from a trapper for $20. He took the bear, named Winnie for his native Winnipeg, and headed to England with his regiment to train for WWI.

October 30, 2015 49 Comments

How Ghost Tours Often Exploit African-American History

Historian Tiya Miles’ new book “Tales from the Haunted South” takes a hard look at Southern ghost tours.

October 30, 2015 Comment

The Quest For A Two-Hour Marathon Time

The current world record is 2 hours, 2 minutes and 57 seconds, but a new book argues a faster marathon could happen in the future.

October 26, 2015 5 Comments

From Sugar Cane Plantation Kids To Swimming Champions

Julie Checkoway’s new book tells the true story of a group of students whose teacher challenged them to become Olympians.

October 22, 2015 Comment

Diana Nyad, In Her 60s, Keeps Making Swimming History

The swimming legend talks about her competitive drive and personal hurdles in her new memoir “Find A Way.”

October 16, 2015 8 Comments

Shea Serrano’s ‘The Rap Year Book’ Is A History Of Rap

The Grantland writer has deconstructed the most important rap songs from 1979 to 2014 in a new illustrated book.

October 13, 2015 23 Comments

How Alcohol Has Shaped American History

Susan Cheever writes about America’s long relationship with alcohol in “Drinking In America: Our Secret History.”

October 9, 2015 Comment

Lessons From Speaker Henry Clay, ‘The Great Compromiser’

Historian Harlow Giles Unger calls him America’s greatest House speaker, working with 10 presidents over 50 years.

October 8, 2015 4 Comments

John Fogerty Talks Creedence, And Life After

He was the creative force behind one of the biggest bands in the world, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

October 6, 2015 79 Comments

Former Sandy Hook Teacher On Moving Forward After Tragedy

Kaitlin Roig-Debellis explains how she worked through her grief after the tragic shooting in her new book “Choosing Hope.”

October 5, 2015 19 Comments

The Bloggess Is Determined To Be ‘Furiously Happy’

Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness in “Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things.”

October 1, 2015 46 Comments

What Does It Mean To Raise A Spiritual Child?

Psychologist Lisa Miller discusses the scientific link between spirituality and health, and how it relates to children.

September 30, 2015 5 Comments

How To Stay Sharp As You Age

A psychiatrist and a psychologist have come up with nine keys to keeping an agile mind, including curiosity.

September 29, 2015 Comment

Recapturing The Magic With John Cleese

The legendary British funnyman and Robin Young attempt to reenact their interview that wasn’t recorded.

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November 26 6 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

November 26 Comment

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.