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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher


NPR On Authors

Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400
In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on. 
Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400
The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives. 
'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:11:00 -0400
In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands. 
What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:11:25 -0400
Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success. 
Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400
NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan. 
Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:09:50 -0400
Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else. 
'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:34:00 -0400
In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom. 
When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:21:00 -0400
Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think. 
Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:56:00 -0400
Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection. 
How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:33:00 -0400
Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis. 
Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:02:00 -0400
Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms. 
On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:00 -0400
Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history. 
Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:53:43 -0400
Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career. 
Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:15:00 -0400
Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.