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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:46:01 -0400In 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400The 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:10:09 -0400Comedian 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."
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400Prolific 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:00 -0400Schoenhof's Foreign Books, an iconic 161-year-old bookstore in Harvard Square in Boston, is going to operate only as an online bookstore.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400Kate 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.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:00:15 -0400Jean 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.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:15:00 -0400Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:34:00 -0400Jean 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."
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400Cartoonist 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.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:00:14 -0400Nell 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.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:00:14 -0400Erika 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.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:48:00 -0400In 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.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:10:00 -0400Silvers 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.
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.