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The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:46:01 -0400

In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in Imbeciles. Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.



Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.



Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."



Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.



A 161-Year-Old Boston Bookstore Moves Online

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Schoenhof's Foreign Books, an iconic 161-year-old bookstore in Harvard Square in Boston, is going to operate only as an online bookstore.



An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.



'The Devil And Webster' Explores Tolerance, Inclusion And Identity

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400

Jean Hanff Korelitz's latest is set at a tony New England college rocked by racial unrest. It's a suggestive exploration of tough issues, but lacks the nuance and intellect of the best campus novels.



Dread Builds As Good Guys Turn To Bad In 'Ill Will'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:15:00 -0400

Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.



Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:34:00 -0400

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."



Elastic Lines For An Elastic Life In 'Fire!!'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Cartoonist Peter Bagge's new biography of Zora Neale Hurston swoops through her life at breakneck speed, losing some real-life pathos along the way, but sustaining an electric, colorful energy.



Hunger, Boredom And Disappointment Are A Literary Feast In 'Bleaker House'

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:14 -0400

Nell Stevens retreated to a remote corner of the Falkland Islands in an attempt to write a novel. She came away with something better: This oddly winning memoir of deprivation, rain and penguins.



'Lucky You' Is A Perfect Balance Of Humor And Tragedy

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:14 -0400

Erika Carter's intelligent, unpretentious debut follows an aimless group of friends in their 20s, whose lives spin out of control during a supposedly detoxifying trip to a remote house in the country.



'Ghosts' In The Arctic: How The Long-Lost Franklin Expedition Was Found

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:48:00 -0400

In the 1840s, two British crews vanished while seeking a passage through the ice at the top of the world. Paul Watson became "obsessed with the mystery" and tells the story in his new book Ice Ghosts.



Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:10:00 -0400

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.



Father Of 2 Sons With Schizophrenia Talks Of His Struggle To Save Them

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:13:00 -0400

"There is no greater ... feeling of helplessness than to watch two beloved sons deteriorate before [your] eyes," says Ron Powers. His new book is No One Cares About Crazy People.