"Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors."
—John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-63) 35th US President, Democrat, politician
- How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:29:00 -0400
- Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.
- Elizabeth Warren On Hillary Clinton And Running For President Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:03:00 -0400
- In an interview with WBUR's Here & Now, the darling of the left again denies any interest herself. But her politics — and followers — will have an influence.
- Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0400
- During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to protect it. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.
- Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain' Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:50:00 -0400
- Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.
- 'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:22:00 -0400
- Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.
- Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge' Sat, 28 Mar 2015 07:38:00 -0400
- Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
- 'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:46:00 -0400
- Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.
- Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:11:00 -0400
- John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."
- '13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:19:00 -0400
- Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.
- Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:59:00 -0400
- NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.
- Thanks To Chance (And Craigslist), A Writer Becomes A Carpenter Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0400
- Writer Nina MacLaughlin hit her low point producing a listicle of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. Six years and a lucky Craigslist ad later, she's a carpenter and author of the new memoir Hammer Head.
- After Students Went To Wage Jihad, Teacher Highlights Youth Radicalization Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:51:00 -0400
- A German-Syrian religious studies teacher was shocked when she heard that five of her former students had left Germany to join jihadist groups in Syria. "It felt like a personal defeat," she says.
- Not My Job: Richard Price (AKA Harry Brandt) Gets Quizzed On Pseudonyms Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:17:00 -0400
- For his latest book, The Whites, novelist Richard Price decided to use a pen name. In retrospect, he wishes he hadn't.
- 'Hausfrau' Strips Down Its Modern-Day Madame Bovary Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400
- Debut novelist Jill Alexander Essbaum's heroine is a deeply unhappy married woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters. Essbaum says it's through those encounters that "we see where she's busted."
- 'Lost Child' Author Caryl Phillips: 'I Needed To Know Where I Came From' Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:00 -0400
- "A part of me was beneath the surface and I had to discover it if I wanted to write with any clarity about myself," says Phillips. His novel The Lost Child brings Wuthering Heights into modern times.