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April 14, 2014 7 Comments

Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Marks 75th Anniversary

John Steinbeck’s landmark novel tells the story of Oklahoma farmers migrating to California after the dust bowl of the 1930s.

February 18, 2014 Comment

Revisiting Mark Twain’s Autobiography

“The Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1″ was published in 2010, 100 years after Twain’s death, per his request.

May 9, 2013 Comment

Why We Still Read ‘The Great Gatsby’

As the sixth film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” opens in theaters across the country, literary critic Steve Almond says he re-reads the book every summer.

November 5, 2012 3 Comments

Steve Almond On Writing In Dialects: ‘Sometimes Ye Jist Dae It’

Steve Almond takes a look at how dialects and accents are used in books from Irvin Welsh’s new novel “Skagboys” to Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

September 17, 2012 20 Comments

Why ‘Red’ Outsells ‘Blue’ In The Book Market

A new survey by Amazon finds that Americans are reading far more right-leaning or “red” books.

July 12, 2012 6 Comments

Summer Music Listener Picks

From the “Summertime” remix by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince to Kinnie Starr’s “Praise,” listeners share their favorite summer songs.

July 9, 2012 20 Comments

What Makes A Good Summer Song?

For our literary critic Steve Almond, Chuck Prophet’s “Summertime Thing” is a perfect summer song. “It just relaxes me,” he says. Tell us your favorite summer music.

April 25, 2012 3 Comments

Much Ado About Pulitzer

No Pulitzer in fiction? Good, says author Steve Almond, because people focus too much on the prize and not enough on the literature.

October 12, 2011 Comment

Writer Steve Almond Looks At Life In America

Steve Almond’s new short story collection looks at life in the U.S. “We got wars going on, we have people who are chasing dreams that they’re not going to live up to,” he says.

June 29, 2011 2 Comments

Ernest Hemingway– Beyond The Machismo

This coming Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. In recent years, Hemingway has been caricatured as an example of excessive machismo, but did that blunt his influence?

June 23, 2011 Comment

Musical Disasters That Entertain

A new show, “This Has Been A Disaster, Thanks For Having Us,” channels rock musicians’ stories of concerts gone bad, equipment gone missing and crushingly bad reviews.

January 7, 2011 18 Comments

Psychiatrist Explores Dark Side Of Motherhood

Writers from Erma Bombeck to Anne Lamott have confessed to harboring dark thoughts about their children, even though they loved them dearly. Psychiatrist Dr. Barbara Almond calls it the hidden side of motherhood, and says mothers should be open about it.

November 17, 2010 Comment

Steve Almond’s Favorite Fall Books

Here & Now literary critic Steve Almond has some suggestions for good books to cuddle up with as winter approaches.

October 25, 2010 Comment

Rundown 10/25

In The Homestretch, Florida Gov. Candidates Make Final Impressions, The Foreclosure Crisis Could Lead To Title Insurance Mayhem, The Fishy Cases Of Some Japanese Centenarians, Power Of The Tweeter: Companies Cave To Anti-Social Media Campaigns, Mark Twain Still Sells 100 Years After His Death

July 28, 2010 15 Comments

Rundown 7/28

The Pros And Cons Of Renting Vs. Buying, The Downside Of Air Conditioning, Obama Administration Deports Record Number Of Illegal Immigrants, From Hanson To An Afghani-American Voice: Listeners Share Summer Music Picks

June 28, 2010 Comment

Rundown 6/28

Supreme Court Strikes Down Gun Ban As Kagan Nomination Hearings Begin, Mother Searches For Bone Marrow Match For Multi-Racial Son, Reflects On Challenges, Senator Robert Byrd Dies At 92, Study Shows Potentially-Harmful ‘BPA’ Chemical In Most Canned Food And Drink

June 28, 2010 Comment

What Are You Listening To This Summer?

We want to know what’s on your playlist this summer, but to start us off, we asked Here and Now literary critic and self-confessed, drooling, fanatic rock fan Steve Almond what’s tickling his ears.

April 23, 2010 Comment

Rundown 4/23

Senators Put Credit Ratings Agencies In Hot Seat, Teachers Nationwide Face Layoffs & A Way To Tackle The Racial Achievement Gap, Deadline Approaches On Arizona Immigration Law, Listener Letters, Looking Back On A Telescoping Hoax, The Bright Young Stars Of The Classical World

April 9, 2010 Comment

Excerpt: ‘Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life’

Author Steve Almond is a self-proclaimed “drooling fanatic” when it comes to Rock and Roll. Read an excerpt from his new book.

April 9, 2010 Comment

Rundown 4/09

Supreme Court Justice Stevens Announces Retirement, ‘Rock And Roll Will Save Your Life’, Russia, US Watch Unrest In Kyrgyzstan, Diplomat To Be Sent Back To Qatar, Carol Burnett Reflects On A Lifetime In Comedy

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 25 8 Comments

Lightening Up Traditional Thanksgiving Fare

Our resident chef Kathy Gunst has created lighter versions of listeners' favorites, from mashed potatoes to green bean casserole.

November 25 Comment

U.N. Envoy Calls For ‘Firing Freeze’ In Aleppo, Syria

Staffan de Mistura says limited and localized ceasefires in this historic city could serve as a model for the rest of the country.

November 24 25 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas May Soon Become Documented Immigrant

The activist and journalist is one of the undocumented immigrants expected to receive protection from deportation.

November 24 8 Comments

Doctor: Hard-To-Abuse Painkillers Won’t Fix Overdose Crisis

There's a question of whether the new technology of addictive painkillers will help stem the epidemic or help fuel it.