Posted: 2020-08-08 11:55:00
Playwright, musician, and author Nate Marshall has a new book of poetry out, called Finna. He says the title comes from the common Southern phrase "fixing to," which is all about what happen...
Posted: 2020-08-08 11:55:00
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author David Sheff and inmate Jarvis Jay Masters about Sheff's new book, The Buddhist on Death Row....
'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitche...

'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitcher Who Helped Integrate Major League Baseball


Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Originally broadcast in 2010....
Posted: 2020-08-07 06:22:35
'Satchel' Recalls The Iconic Pitcher Who Helped Integrate Major League Baseball
Hall of Famer Satchel Paige started his career pitching in the Negro leagues and later became a major league star. Author Larry Tye tells his story in Satchel. Originally broadcast in 2010....
Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Explains The �...

Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Explains The 'Tragedy' Of The Mueller Investigation


Toobin's new book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors, examines how Trump and his team outmaneuvered special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, he says, gave Trump "a free pass" on obstruction of ju...
Posted: 2020-08-05 05:36:55
Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Explains The 'Tragedy' Of The Mueller Investigation
Toobin's new book, True Crimes and Misdemeanors, examines how Trump and his team outmaneuvered special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, he says, gave Trump "a free pass" on obstruction of ju...
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Wi...

In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes


Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...
Posted: 2020-08-05 11:00:28
In 'Afterland,' A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes
Lauren Beukes' new novel is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him ...

Posted: 2020-08-04 09:09:00
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lesley Blume about her new book, Fallout, which explores how reporter John Hersey uncovered the effects of the atomic bomb after the U.S. dropped it on Hir...
Posted: 2020-08-04 05:24:51
In Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed...
'Vivek Oji' Is Very Much Alive In T...

'Vivek Oji' Is Very Much Alive In This Boundary-Breaking New Novel


You know what's going to happen in Akwaeke Emezi's new book — it's right there in the title: The Death of Vivek Oji. But this novel about a death is full of gender-bending, boundary crossi...
Posted: 2020-08-03 08:02:00
'Vivek Oji' Is Very Much Alive In This Boundary-Breaking New Novel
You know what's going to happen in Akwaeke Emezi's new book — it's right there in the title: The Death of Vivek Oji. But this novel about a death is full of gender-bending, boundary crossi...
'Ghosting The News' Author Says Loc...

'Ghosting The News' Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating


More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines d...
Posted: 2020-08-03 06:04:24
'Ghosting The News' Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating
More than 2,000 newspapers have shut down in recent years, and some regions have become news deserts. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan says the collapse of local news undermines d...
In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Bal...

In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Ball Traces A Difficult Family History


NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Edward Ball about his new book, Life of a Klansman, revolving around a man his family called "our Klansman."...
Posted: 2020-08-02 12:02:00
In 'Life Of A Klansman,' Edward Ball Traces A Difficult Family History
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with author Edward Ball about his new book, Life of a Klansman, revolving around a man his family called "our Klansman."...

Posted: 2020-08-01 11:54:00
NPR's Leila Fadel speaks to Morgan Jerkins about her new book. Wandering In Strange Lands, where she travels to the South to understand the roots of her African-American culture....
Posted: 2020-08-01 11:54:00
NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Kim Johnson about her debut novel This Is My America. In it, a teenage girl works to get her father off of death row....
American Christianity Must Reckon With Legacy...

American Christianity Must Reckon With Legacy Of White Supremacy, Author Says


White Too Long author Robert P. Jones says churches should be more in vocal on issues of social justice: "White Christians have been largely silent ... and have hardly begun these conversati...
Posted: 2020-07-30 05:09:19
American Christianity Must Reckon With Legacy Of White Supremacy, Author Says
White Too Long author Robert P. Jones says churches should be more in vocal on issues of social justice: "White Christians have been largely silent ... and have hardly begun these conversati...
In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explore...

In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explores The Idea Of 'Good Indians'


NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stephen Graham Jones, an American author and a member of the Blackfeet tribe, about his new book, The Only Good Indians....
Posted: 2020-07-29 08:05:00
In His New Book, Stephen Graham Jones Explores The Idea Of 'Good Indians'
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stephen Graham Jones, an American author and a member of the Blackfeet tribe, about his new book, The Only Good Indians....
A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, T...

A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, The Pop Phenomenon 'Larger Than Life'


Author and music critic Maria Sherman talks about her new book, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS and forgoing rock elitism to give into the joy of boy band pop song...
Posted: 2020-07-28 09:00:00
A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, The Pop Phenomenon 'Larger Than Life'
Author and music critic Maria Sherman talks about her new book, Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS and forgoing rock elitism to give into the joy of boy band pop song...

Posted: 2020-07-28 07:48:00
Forests "are restless things," writes Zach St. George in his new book The Journeys of Trees. He explains how, over millennia, forests creep inch by inch to more hospitable places....
Posted: 2020-07-28 04:23:40
When Natasha Trethewey was 19, her stepfather killed her mother. Tretheway says she aimed to "forge a new life for myself that didn't include that past." Her new memoir is Memorial Drive....
Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Imp...

Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Impeachment A Month Before Inquiry


In a new book, A Case for the American People, the Judiciary Committee special counsel during impeachment traces the process. Of Trump, he tells NPR: "He understands what he's doing. It is a...
Posted: 2020-07-27 08:06:00
Norm Eisen Says He Drafted 10 Articles Of Impeachment A Month Before Inquiry
In a new book, A Case for the American People, the Judiciary Committee special counsel during impeachment traces the process. Of Trump, he tells NPR: "He understands what he's doing. It is a...
'Reluctant Dad' Mike Birbiglia And ...

'Reluctant Dad' Mike Birbiglia And Poet Jen Stein Share 'Painful' Parenting Truths


In the memoir, The New One, comic Birbiglia and his wife, Jen Stein, open up about his ambivalence about fatherhood and the strain it had on their marriage....
Posted: 2020-07-27 04:18:11
'Reluctant Dad' Mike Birbiglia And Poet Jen Stein Share 'Painful' Parenting Truths
In the memoir, The New One, comic Birbiglia and his wife, Jen Stein, open up about his ambivalence about fatherhood and the strain it had on their marriage....
'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beaut...

'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beauty And Trouble Between Mothers And Daughters


Kelli Jo Ford's novel follows three generations of Cherokee women trying to forge a future in the harsh environment of the 1980s oil boom in Texas — and learning just how difficult that ca...
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
'Crooked Hallelujah' Sings Of Beauty And Trouble Between Mothers And Daughters
Kelli Jo Ford's novel follows three generations of Cherokee women trying to forge a future in the harsh environment of the 1980s oil boom in Texas — and learning just how difficult that ca...

Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
Natasha Trethewey is a two-time U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Now she's written a memoir about her mother. She talks to NPR's Sarah McCammon about Memorial Drive....
Posted: 2020-07-25 09:36:00
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan about his new book Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics That Divide America....
Barbara Demick's 'Eat The Buddha�...

Barbara Demick's 'Eat The Buddha' Profiles A Little-Known Tibetan Town


The Chinese have been trying to quash Tibetan independence for decades. NPR's Leila Fadel speaks to Barbara Demick about her new book, Eat the Buddha, which examines repression in one small ...
Posted: 2020-07-25 11:57:00
Barbara Demick's 'Eat The Buddha' Profiles A Little-Known Tibetan Town
The Chinese have been trying to quash Tibetan independence for decades. NPR's Leila Fadel speaks to Barbara Demick about her new book, Eat the Buddha, which examines repression in one small ...
'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable...

'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable About How A Nameless Character Changes A Small Town


NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Catherine Lacey about her new book. Pew is a novel about an unnamed character with no identifiable characteristics and the character's impact on a small ...
Posted: 2020-07-24 08:16:00
'Pew': Catherine Lacey's Fable About How A Nameless Character Changes A Small Town
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with author Catherine Lacey about her new book. Pew is a novel about an unnamed character with no identifiable characteristics and the character's impact on a small ...
Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family D...

Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family Dynamic Where Kindness Was Weakness


Mary Trump was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, Too Much and Never Enough, describes Donald Trump as a "belligerent" youth who hasn't changed since he was a teen....
Posted: 2020-07-23 04:07:47
Trump's Niece Describes A Toxic Family Dynamic Where Kindness Was Weakness
Mary Trump was devastated when her uncle was elected president. Her book, Too Much and Never Enough, describes Donald Trump as a "belligerent" youth who hasn't changed since he was a teen....

Posted: 2020-07-23 09:01:00
NPR's Noel King speaks with Eddie Glaude Jr. about his book Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own....
Posted: 2020-07-22 09:03:00
Anne Applebaum considers ways the world has changed over the last 20 years. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to the author about her book: Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarian...
British Novelist Reimagines The Life And Deat...

British Novelist Reimagines The Life And Death Of Hamnet Shakespeare


Almost nothing is known about William Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, who died at age 11. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Maggie O'Farrell about her new novel, which imagines the boy's life an...
Posted: 2020-07-21 08:06:00
British Novelist Reimagines The Life And Death Of Hamnet Shakespeare
Almost nothing is known about William Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, who died at age 11. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Maggie O'Farrell about her new novel, which imagines the boy's life an...
To Stop Deadly Overdoses, 'The Opioid Fi...

To Stop Deadly Overdoses, 'The Opioid Fix' Urges Better Use Of Tools We Already Have


Early data suggest the pandemic may be driving up overdoses. Author Barbara Andraka-Christou says the solution to the addiction crisis is right before us: Improve access to life-saving medic...
Posted: 2020-07-21 06:05:07
To Stop Deadly Overdoses, 'The Opioid Fix' Urges Better Use Of Tools We Already Have
Early data suggest the pandemic may be driving up overdoses. Author Barbara Andraka-Christou says the solution to the addiction crisis is right before us: Improve access to life-saving medic...
An Advocate For The Wrongly Convicted Reflect...

An Advocate For The Wrongly Convicted Reflects On Faith, Justice And Innocence


"I saw firsthand how police and prosecutors manipulate evidence, coerce witnesses into giving false testimony," says Jim McCloskey of Centurion Ministries. His memoir is When Truth is All Yo...
Posted: 2020-07-21 05:30:23
An Advocate For The Wrongly Convicted Reflects On Faith, Justice And Innocence
"I saw firsthand how police and prosecutors manipulate evidence, coerce witnesses into giving false testimony," says Jim McCloskey of Centurion Ministries. His memoir is When Truth is All Yo...

Posted: 2020-07-21 09:04:00
The Jeopardy! host didn't plan to write an autobiography. "I'm just a quiz show host who's been doing the same job for 36 years," he says. But writing the book gave him "a great deal of sati...
Posted: 2020-07-20 08:09:00
NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with comedian, actress, producer and author Phoebe Robinson about her upcoming imprint with publishing company Plume, Tiny Reparations Books....
'Black In Selma' Author Reflects On...

'Black In Selma' Author Reflects On The Long March Toward Civil Rights


The late J.L. Chestnut was the first Black lawyer in Selma, Ala. He was working with the NAACP at the time of the city's 1965 civil rights march. In 1990, he spoke to Fresh Air about Bloody ...
Posted: 2020-07-20 06:26:16
'Black In Selma' Author Reflects On The Long March Toward Civil Rights
The late J.L. Chestnut was the first Black lawyer in Selma, Ala. He was working with the NAACP at the time of the city's 1965 civil rights march. In 1990, he spoke to Fresh Air about Bloody ...
Author Josh Malerman Returns To 'Bird Bo...

Author Josh Malerman Returns To 'Bird Box' Universe In His Sequel, 'Malorie'


NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Josh Malerman about his new novel, Malorie — the sequel to Bird Box....
Posted: 2020-07-19 11:58:00
Author Josh Malerman Returns To 'Bird Box' Universe In His Sequel, 'Malorie'
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Josh Malerman about his new novel, Malorie — the sequel to Bird Box....
Author Bruce Feiler On Life-Altering Transiti...

Author Bruce Feiler On Life-Altering Transitions


NPR's Michel Martin speaks with bestselling author Bruce Feiler about his new book, Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age....
Posted: 2020-07-18 09:06:00
Author Bruce Feiler On Life-Altering Transitions
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with bestselling author Bruce Feiler about his new book, Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age....

Posted: 2020-07-18 11:58:00
NPR's Scott Simon talks with Miles Harvey about his book The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American ...
Posted: 2020-07-16 08:41:00
Franco-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani's new book examines the restricted sex lives of women in a country where, she says, the unofficial motto is "Do what you wish, but never talk about it."...
Psychiatrist: America's 'Extremely ...

Psychiatrist: America's 'Extremely Punitive' Prisons Make Mental Illness Worse


Dr. Christine Montross says people with serious mental illnesses in the U.S. are far more likely to be incarcerated than to be treated in a psychiatric hospital. Her new book is Waiting for ...
Posted: 2020-07-16 05:42:00
Psychiatrist: America's 'Extremely Punitive' Prisons Make Mental Illness Worse
Dr. Christine Montross says people with serious mental illnesses in the U.S. are far more likely to be incarcerated than to be treated in a psychiatric hospital. Her new book is Waiting for ...
A Family Secret Inspired A New Book About Lep...

A Family Secret Inspired A New Book About Leprosy


NPR correspondent Pam Fessler, author of Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice, talks about her research into this once feared disease — and its connection to COVID-1...
Posted: 2020-07-16 03:44:30
A Family Secret Inspired A New Book About Leprosy
NPR correspondent Pam Fessler, author of Carville's Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for Justice, talks about her research into this once feared disease — and its connection to COVID-1...
'Brave New World' Meets 'The H...

'Brave New World' Meets 'The Handmaid's Tale' In Sophie Mackintosh's New Novel


In the world of Blue Ticket, girls are issued either blue tickets or white ones on the day of their first periods. Blue tickets grant a career but no children; white tickets mean home and fa...
Posted: 2020-07-14 07:59:00
'Brave New World' Meets 'The Handmaid's Tale' In Sophie Mackintosh's New Novel
In the world of Blue Ticket, girls are issued either blue tickets or white ones on the day of their first periods. Blue tickets grant a career but no children; white tickets mean home and fa...

Posted: 2020-07-14 05:14:09
SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor Colin Jost acknowledges that his clean-cut image sometimes rubs people the wrong way. "When I get hurt or hit on camera ... the audience really loves it," he s...
Posted: 2020-07-14 09:04:00
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Japanese writer Asako Serizawa about her book of short stories that revolve around the trauma of World War II. The O. Henry Prize-winning author's book is: Inher...
Author Pam Fessler Discusses Leprosy, New Boo...

Author Pam Fessler Discusses Leprosy, New Book


NPR's Lulu Gracia-Navarro speaks with NPR's Pam Fessler about her book, Carville's Cure. It's about the leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana where people with Hansen's disease, or leprosy, wer...
Posted: 2020-07-12 11:57:00
Author Pam Fessler Discusses Leprosy, New Book
NPR's Lulu Gracia-Navarro speaks with NPR's Pam Fessler about her book, Carville's Cure. It's about the leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana where people with Hansen's disease, or leprosy, wer...
Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Critici...

Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In 'Harper's Magazine'


A letter on the importance of open debate was published by Harper's Magazine this week and was signed by more than 150 prominent writers and thinkers, fueling a controversy over debate and p...
Posted: 2020-07-11 09:14:00
Thomas Chatterton Williams On Debate, Criticism And The Letter In 'Harper's Magazine'
A letter on the importance of open debate was published by Harper's Magazine this week and was signed by more than 150 prominent writers and thinkers, fueling a controversy over debate and p...
'Utopia Avenue,' The Greatest Sixti...

'Utopia Avenue,' The Greatest Sixties Band That Never Was


David Mitchell's new novel chronicles the rise and fall of fictional 1960s psychedelic rock band. He says he was drawn to both the music and the "dark magic that was in the air" in that era....
Posted: 2020-07-11 11:54:00
'Utopia Avenue,' The Greatest Sixties Band That Never Was
David Mitchell's new novel chronicles the rise and fall of fictional 1960s psychedelic rock band. He says he was drawn to both the music and the "dark magic that was in the air" in that era....

Posted: 2020-07-11 11:54:00
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Charlie Kaufman about his new novel, Antkind, about film critic B. Rosenberger Rosenberg and his quest to recall a strange new film....
Posted: 2020-07-09 05:51:40
In a new memoir, Dr. Michele Harper writes about treating gunshot wounds, discovering evidence of child abuse — and drawing courage from her patients as she's struggled to overcome her own...
'Unholy' Examines The Alliance Betw...

'Unholy' Examines The Alliance Between White Evangelicals And Trump


The president isn't known for his faith. Instead, author Sarah Posner says he connects with Evangelicals by voicing the legal, social, religious and cultural grievances of the Christian righ...
Posted: 2020-07-08 05:21:13
'Unholy' Examines The Alliance Between White Evangelicals And Trump
The president isn't known for his faith. Instead, author Sarah Posner says he connects with Evangelicals by voicing the legal, social, religious and cultural grievances of the Christian righ...
Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head Maj...

Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head Major Publishing Imprint


Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position....
Posted: 2020-07-08 09:01:00
Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head Major Publishing Imprint
Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position....
Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New...

Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New Book Sees Commonalities


Adam Kucharski, author of the new book The Rules Of Contagion, talks about how to predict the spread (and end) of contagious events, from viruses to internet trends....
Posted: 2020-07-07 04:49:21
Coronavirus And Drinking Games: Author Of New Book Sees Commonalities
Adam Kucharski, author of the new book The Rules Of Contagion, talks about how to predict the spread (and end) of contagious events, from viruses to internet trends....