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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:27:00 -0400

Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.

How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:49:00 -0400

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.

Emma Donoghue Helps Kids Deal With Dementia (And Still Has Fun) In 'The Lotterys'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:06:00 -0400

Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids' book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.

Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:20 -0400

Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, "The First Love Story," and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.

Actor, Director And Writer Andrew McCarthy Takes On Young Adult Fiction

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to actor and director Andrew McCarthy about his new young adult novel, Just Fly Away.

Jay Chandrasekhar Of 'Super Troopers' On His Memoir 'Mustache Shenanigans'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

Jay Chandrasekhar of Super Troopers fame talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his new memoir about how he made it in Hollywood. The book is called Mustache Shenanigans.

How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

Atoning For The Past In 'The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley'

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:36 -0400

In Hannah Tinti's new novel, a daughter discovers her father's dark past by investigating the 12 bullet scars on his body. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tinti about The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.

These 'Women In The Castle' Provide New Perspectives On Nazi Germany

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:45:00 -0400

Jessica Shattuck's novel follows three German women — all war widows, and all of very different political persuasions — who take refuge in a ruined Bavarian castle at the end of World War II.

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.

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.

'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.