Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2017 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:00 -0500Yuval 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:08:00 -0500An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:53 -0500Author 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500Pam Jenoff's new novel follows two women who sign on with a German traveling circus — and the Jewish baby they're both determined to protect as the darkness of World War II falls across Europe.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500A traveling Spanish bookstore has opened in Boston, its eighth and last stop. The creator says the art installation responds to the disappearance of bookstores, and the "invisibility" of Spanish.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:53:00 -0500The American Conservative Union disinvited the far-right provocateur citing comments it said condoned "pedophilia." Hours later, Simon & Schuster said it was canceling the publication of his book.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500NPR'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.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island about his new book, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500The 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.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:51:00 -0500Author 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."
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500Elan 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.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:00 -0500The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:49:00 -0500Each week, the Design Museum in London announces a theme for #FontSunday, and enthusiasts search for interesting examples to share on Twitter.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:25:00 -0500Tom Rosenstiel — head of the American Press Institute — has written a novel about a political fixer who gets the biggest job of his career: Sanitizing a controversial Supreme Court nominee.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:00:18 -0500George Saunders — master of the short story — debuts as a novelist with this strange, haunting (and haunted) tale of President Lincoln as he grieves the death of his young son Willie.