"Liesure without books is death, and burial of a man alive."
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4BC?-AD 65) [The Younger] Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, tutor
- Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:33:00 -0500
- Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.
- Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:03:15 -0500
- Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.
- Why Aren't We More Compassionate? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500
- Psychologist Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.
- How Can We Make The World More Compassionate? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500
- Religion scholar Karen Armstrong describes how compassion is the core principle in all world religions, in the form of the golden rule.
- Are We Wired To Be Compassionate? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500
- Author Robert Wright says humans are not simply wired to be compassionate — we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest.
- Has The Word 'Compassion' Lost Its Meaning? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:34:00 -0500
- Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion — so she proposes a linguistic revival.
- Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:12:00 -0500
- In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.
- 25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:00 -0500
- Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.
- India's New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:33:00 -0500
- Her name is Priya and she is the star of a new graphic novel in India. After she is gang-raped, her family and neighbors shun her — but then a Hindu goddess grants her special powers.
- Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:04:00 -0500
- The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.
- 'El Deafo': How A Girl Turned Her Disability Into A Superpower Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:09:00 -0500
- Navigating elementary school is already hard enough — try adding in a bulky metal hearing aid. Cece Bell's new young adult graphic memoir captures the experience in a poignant and humorous way.
- How 'Putin's Kleptocracy' Made His Friends Rich Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:17:00 -0500
- Karen Dawisha's new book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia shows how Russian president Vladimir Putin has enabled his cronies to become enormously wealthy under his kleptocratic rule.
- What Does It Take To Cover A War? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500
- Reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered countless wars, including conflict in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of everyday human courage in conflict zones.
- What Does Everyday Courage Look Like? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500
- Margaret Heffernan talks about the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people who are willing to speak up.
- What Does It Take To Bring Transparency To Medicine? Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:06:04 -0500
- Doctors in the U.S. don't have to tell patients about conflicts of interest. When physician Leana Wen asked her fellow doctors to open up, the reaction she got was frightening.