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NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.



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To This Scholar, For-Profit Colleges Are 'Lower Ed'

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:23:00 -0500

Tressie McMillan Cottom delves into the hopes and dreams of students outside the traditional college path.



Photographer Builds A 'Photo Ark' For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:52:00 -0500

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document every captive animal species in the world. He talks about getting an arctic fox to hold still, and Photoshopping out poop.



New Book Focuses On The 'Humanity Of Syria' Lost In The War

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:40 -0500

Writer Alia Malek's new book is The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. She talks about why she chose to tell the story of Syria through her grandmother's apartment in Damascus.



'The Hate U Give' Explores Racism And Police Violence

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:12:39 -0500

In Angie Thomas' novel, Starr Carter lives in a gang-ravaged area and goes to a school where she's one of only a few black students. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her book The Hate U Give.



Author Lionel Shriver On Cultural Appropriation And The 'Sensitivity Police'

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Lionel Shriver about her outspoken views on cultural appropriation and what she feels is oversensitivity of the left.



'Harmless Like You' Is A Story Of How Hurts Are Inherited

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:28:51 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan about her debut novel, Harmless Like You, a story of how we inherit pain from our parents, and inevitably pass it to our descendants.



Spread The Word: Butter Has An Epic Backstory

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

From its origins as a happy accident 10,000 years ago, to its role as the centerpiece of a school "rebellion," the tabletop staple has had quite a life. A new book tells the story.



Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:00 -0500

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?



Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0500

Yuval Noah Harari expects we'll soon engineer our bodies in the same way we design products. "I think in general medicine ... will switch from healing the sick to upgrading the healthy," he says.



What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:00 -0500

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.



'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.



In 'Captured,' Democratic Senator Decries Money's Role In Politics

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.



An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.



Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500

Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."



Imagining The Present As The Future Of The 1950s

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Elan Mastai grew up fascinated by the 1950s sci-fi books. He talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his novel All Our Wrong Todays that imagines a world with jet packs and flying cars.