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NPR interviews with top authors and the NPR Book Tour, a weekly feature and podcast where leading authors read and discuss their writing. Subscribe to the RSS feed.

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'Shoot First, Ask Questions Later': Ronan Farrow On A Diplomacy-Less State Department

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:26:00 -0400

Journalist Ronan Farrow worked for years in the State Department. In his new book, he describes what he sees as a dangerous whittling away of the agency's influence.

James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:12:00 -0400

The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.

Ex-FBI Chief Comey Reflects On Circumstances Surrounding His Firing

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:14:00 -0400

In his new book, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI Director James Comey says he did his very best to protect the FBI and the Justice Department from an assault by President Trump.

Transcript: James Comey's Full Interview With Steve Inskeep And Carrie Johnson

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:07:00 -0400

Nearly a year after President Trump fired James Comey, the former FBI director has a new memoir, A Higher Loyalty. He talked to NPR about the book and his decisions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

James Comey Says FBI 'Would Be Worse Today' If Not For His Actions

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:20:00 -0400

In an interview with NPR, the fired FBI director maintained he wouldn't do things differently if he had a chance. "I saw this as a 500-year flood," he said, "and so where is the manual?"

Former FBI Director Comey Discusses How He Views Trump's Conduct In New Book

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:42:00 -0400

Former FBI Director James Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, comes out Tuesday. Terry Gross of WHYY's Fresh Air talked to Comey about his tell-all memoir a day before it published.

After A Journey Through The Lone Star State, Author Concludes: 'The Future Is Texas'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:48:36 -0400

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright predicts that the largest "red" state in the union will eventually move into the "blue" column — and change the nation's politics in the process.

'Circe' Gets A New Motivation

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:20:47 -0400

Weekend Edition's books editor, Barrie Hardymon, asks Madeline Miller about her latest book, Circe. It's a modern take on the mythological temptress.

In 'The Burning Shores,' Libya Blossoms — Briefly — Before Unraveling

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:36:00 -0400

Author Frederic Wehrey's new book follows the country's turmoil after the overthrow and death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Though signs of normalcy have returned, Wehry says there's still deep trauma.

Madeleine Albright On Syria, Pompeo, North Korea

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 05:05:00 -0400

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about Mike Pompeo's hearings, missile strikes in Syria and other top foreign policy issues.

First-Ever Evictions Database Shows: 'We're In the Middle Of A Housing Crisis'

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:07:00 -0400

Matthew Desmond estimates that 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016 — a rate of four every minute. "Eviction isn't just a condition of poverty; it's a cause of poverty," he says.

How Globalized Capitalism Drives Worldwide Fear And Discontentment

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 13:53:22 -0400

Author Robert Kuttner says the decline of social contracts in Western democracies has led to the rise of right-wing populism. His new book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?

'Heads Of The Colored People' Takes On The Pressures Of Being 'The Only One'

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:39:00 -0400

Nafissa Thompson-Spires' new story collection is full of characters coping with being not just black in a white world — but the only black person in their worlds. She says that's a hard role to fill.

In 'Varina,' A Confederate Contemplates Her Complicity

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:04:00 -0400

Charles Frazier was done writing about the Civil War after his award-winning novel Cold Mountain. Then he discovered the true story of the first lady of the Confederacy.

'This Is Us' Star Chrissy Metz Retraces Her Journey From Agent To Actress

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 03:00:08 -0400

Metz worked as an agent for years before her acting career finally took off. She says, "It was like watching your boyfriend take another woman out every day."