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August 18, 2015 81 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.

August 14, 2015 3 Comments

Dealing With Tough Negotiations

We talk to George Mitchell about his work overseas, and what he thinks is wrong with Washington.

August 10, 2015 176 Comments

‘Waking Up White’ Explores White Privilege

Author Debby Irving writes how she began to question her long held assumptions about race and culture.

August 5, 2015 Comment

‘Kitchens Of The Great Midwest’ Mines Minnesota Memories

J. Ryan Stradal brings his memories of the kitchens he grew up in, as well as his culinary adventures, to his debut novel.

July 28, 2015 4 Comments

The Risks And Rewards Of Hummingbird Rescue

Terry Masear rescued and rehabilitated hummingbirds for over a decade. Her new book is “Fastest Things on Wings.”

July 21, 2015 19 Comments

The True Story Of A British Secret Agent In The Civil War South

Journalist Christopher Dickey has written a new book that looks at slavery through the eyes of a British agent in Charleston, S.C.

July 16, 2015 27 Comments

Is Life Rosier For Redheads?

British author Jacky Colliss Harvey discusses the history of red hair, including myths and surprising scientific facts.

July 6, 2015 5 Comments

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

Stephen Witt discusses his book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

June 11, 2015 4 Comments

‘Ithaca Diaries’ Looks Back On College In The ’60s

Anita Harris writes about life as a student during a “time of trauma and transformation” at Cornell University and across the country.

May 28, 2015 9 Comments

The Epic Rise And Fall Of BlackBerry

How does a company go from controlling half the world’s smartphone market to less than 1 percent?

May 6, 2015 Comment

‘Re Jane’ Gives ‘Jane Eyre’ A Korean Spin

Patricia Park’s novel is set in modern times and centers on Jane Re, a half-Korean girl in Queens, New York.

May 4, 2015 2 Comments

A Pen-Pal Friendship Changes Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka of Pennsylvania and Martin Ganda of Zimbabwe became best friends – and better people – through their exchange.

May 1, 2015 Comment

Chigozie Obioma Makes A Splash With Debut Novel

“The Fishermen” is earning raves in the literary world and drawing comparisons to the late Chinua Achebe.

April 29, 2015 15 Comments

Lessons And Art Gleaned From Tambora Volcano

The severe weather patterns resulting from the massive 1815 eruption found expression in art and literature.

April 7, 2015 2 Comments

Run Like Meb: Training Tips From An Olympic Marathoner

Meb Keflezighi, who won the Boston Marathon last year, has written a book of advice on how to run, think and eat like a champion.

April 6, 2015 2 Comments

Mark Twain Was A Travelin’ Man

In his day, Twain was better known as an author of travel books. A new book traces his footsteps around the world.

April 2, 2015 6 Comments

What Businesses Can Learn From Improv Comedy

Two executives behind the improvisational theater group The Second City explain why a “yes, and” approach is better than “no, but.”

April 1, 2015 11 Comments

‘Becoming Steve Jobs’ Attempts To Dispel Myths, Chart An Evolution

There’s a new look at the man who was not only the driving force behind the Apple computer, but also the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

March 27, 2015 Comment

Using Poetry To Expose The Power Of Money, Class And Gender

Alissa Quart’s first book of poetry is both personal and universal – inspired by work and research she has done as a journalist.

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August 26 8 Comments

Virginia TV Reporter, Cameraman Killed On Air

Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says the suspect in the shooting has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

August 26 12 Comments

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

August 25 Comment

Recipes To Celebrate National Sandwich Month

From an end-of-summer tomato tartine to an Italian grilled vegetable sandwich, our resident chef shares her favorites.

August 25 3 Comments

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.