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October 13, 2015 19 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 76 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 18 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 42 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.

September 29, 2015 24 Comments

Does Anyone In The GOP Carry Jack Kemp’s Torch?

A new book argues that Jack Kemp was the most important Republican of the 20th century who was not president.

September 28, 2015 Comment

Science Plays Lead Role In New Book Aimed At Young Adults

Ali Benjamin’s novel “The Thing About Jellyfish” has been long-listed for the National Book Award.

September 23, 2015 3 Comments

Elizabeth Gilbert On Unlocking Creativity, Ideas As Viruses

The author of the best-seller “Eat, Pray, Love” is out with her new book “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.”

September 22, 2015 24 Comments

New Insights Into A Pivotal Year In Nixon’s Presidency

Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter are out with a new book “The Nixon Tapes: 1973,” their second volume of annotated transcripts from Nixon’s collection of secretly recorded White House conversations.

September 21, 2015 3 Comments

The Music That Brought Hope To A Besieged City

Author M. T. Anderson has now written the book “Symphony for the City of the Dead” on Russian composer Shostakovich.

September 16, 2015 Comment

A Young Comic Shares His Struggle With Depression

After his viral TED Talk, 21-year-old Kevin Breel is out with a book, “Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live.”

September 15, 2015 9 Comments

Don’t Be A ‘Lying Narcissist’ And Other Leadership Advice

Business school professor Jeffrey Pfeffer is out with a new book, “Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time.”

September 8, 2015 Comment

Ron Rash Combines Natural Beauty and Human Ugliness In ‘Above The Waterfall’

The critically-acclaimed author is out with a new novel that takes place in and around a state park in the Appalachian mountains.

September 7, 2015 13 Comments

Tess Vigeland’s Tale Of Jumping Without A Net

The longtime host with public radio’s “Marketplace” quit without much of a plan. She explains why and how it went in a new book.

September 1, 2015 12 Comments

Favorite Son Hopes To Revive Michigan Football

The story of what’s happened at Michigan over the last decade plays out in a new book by John Bacon.

August 18, 2015 101 Comments

Author: Helicopter Parenting Damages Kids – And Society

Julie Lythcott-Haims noticed a disturbing trend while she was a dean at Stanford University. Her research has led to a book.

August 17, 2015 17 Comments

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Life In Politics

The first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri, McCaskill writes about her career in a new memoir.

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October 12 2 Comments

Inside SAS, One Of The ‘Best Companies To Work For’

The data analytics company isn't a household name, but it has inspired great Silicon Valley workplaces like Google.

October 12 68 Comments

Open Carry Gun Law Moves Ahead In Florida

Florida is one of just five states that explicitly bans open carry. We speak with a state lawmaker who's trying to change that.

October 9 11 Comments

Electricity Treatment Offers Hope To Brain Cancer Patients

For the first time in more than a decade, there's a new treatment for patients with a common and deadly form of brain cancer.

October 9 4 Comments

New York Prison Inmates Trounce Harvard Debate Team

It sounds like a storyline out of Hollywood, but it happened on a prison stage in front of national college debate judges.