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Daniel Pink's 'When' Shows the Importance Of Timing Throughout Life

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:16:00 -0500

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Daniel Pink about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. In his book, Pink examines the importance of timing in various aspects of life.

Are Implanted Medical Devices Creating A 'Danger Within Us'?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:10:59 -0500

Medical journalist Jeanne Lenzer warns that implanted medical devices are approved with far less scrutiny and testing than drugs. As a result, she says, some have caused harm and even death.

'Girls In The Picture' Traces A Friendship In The Flickers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:52 -0500

A century ago, Hollywood had no stars. Movies were silent and the actors were anonymous. Melanie Benjamin's new novel outlines how actress Mary Pickford and writer Frances Marion changed that.

See A Famous Monster Come Alive In 'Frankenstein: The 1818 Text'

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:32 -0500

Most stage and screen versions of Frankenstein are based on a later edition of Mary Shelley's classic — this new reprint of her original text shows the story growing and changing with its author.

Picture Book Author Says 'I Had To Be Real' When Writing 'Love'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

Matt de la Peña's new children's book covers the good and the bad of everyday life. He says, "I had to be honest that there are going to be these things in life that are tough and that are dark."

'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:31:02 -0500

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

From Madison Park To Washington, D.C. With Eric Motley (Rebroadcast)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:06:30 -0500

Raised by adoptive grandparents, Motley found his way to the Oval Office as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, he's telling a story about what a good community can do, even when things are bad.

Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

Georgia Gilmore organized black women to cook without raising the suspicions of their white employers, and poured the proceeds into an alternative transportation system for Montgomery bus boycotters.

Kaveh Akbar Is Poetry's Biggest Cheerleader

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:00:20 -0500

Akbar, a poet himself, waves his pom poms for the form at DiveDapper, a site dedicated to in-depth interviews with his favorite poets. He says he wants to live his life "in joyful service" to poetry.

When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:51:55 -0500

Leila Slimani's breakout novel, inspired by true stories of killer caregivers, chronicles the complex relationship between a mother and her babysitter.

With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:00:20 -0500

"I don't think India wants to be a formal U.S. ally," says Alyssa Ayres, author of Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. "It sees alliance relationships as too constraining."

'This Could Hurt' Is A Workplace Saga With Heart

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:00:20 -0500

Jillian Medoff has spent years in the corporate world, and she puts that experience to good use in this story of a hard-charging boss whose devoted staff has to cover for her when she starts to slip.

Reproductive Freedom Lies Just Outside The U.S. Border In 'Red Clocks'

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:46:58 -0500

Leni Zumas' new novel follows five women in an Oregon town, living in an alternate reality where abortion and IVF are illegal — a world that Zumas says "could happen next week."

'Grist Mill Road' Bears Witness To Horror — And Its Aftermath

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:20 -0500

Christopher J. Yates' new novel begins with an awful crime — and the teenaged boy who stands by and watches as his best friend commits it. But what becomes of everyone involved as the years pass?

Fitness Superstar Shaun T: Keys To Workout Motivation Include Fun — And Selfishness

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 18:40:52 -0500

After a rough childhood and later dealing with his own weight problem, Shaun T eventually found success as a workout video guru. He says it's important to have fun and focus on yourself for a change.