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His appetite was legendary, his influence on food 2020-10-13 17:29:25James Beard championed American cuisine, mentored chefs, wrote cookbooks. His personal life was a struggle, as biographer John Birdsall explores.

Don’t write off Big Oil: The geopolitics of 2020-10-13 11:28:37Daniel Yergin’s “The New Map” provides a guide through the energy landscape, but gives short shrift to methane emissions and environ

Q&A with with Alan Mikhail, author of ‘God’s 2020-10-09 17:21:27His book about Sultan Selim I restores the Ottomans to their place in the making of the modern world and as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Q&A with with David Michaelis, author of ‘Eleanor’ 2020-10-09 17:04:26America’s longest-serving first lady brought people’s everyday concerns to the White House, and made government seem more approachable.

Make an October date with Eleanor Roosevelt, Cary 2020-10-07 15:31:00The 10 best books of October make good company, from newly translated fiction to thoughtful and entertaining biographies.

The papyrus, the professor, and a scandal that 2020-10-06 17:37:33Journalist Ariel Sabar explores the story of a respected Bible scholar who believed she had proof that Christ Jesus and Mary Magdalen were married.

Notre Dame cathedral survived fire, war, and Napoleon’s 2020-10-06 13:36:15In “Notre-Dame: The Soul of Paris,” Agnès Poirier charts the 800-year history of the cathedral, a symbol of hope and endurance arou

100 years on, it’s no mystery why Agatha 2020-10-02 11:44:30The Queen of Mystery’s legendary plot twists and beloved characters have inspired legions of fans – especially mystery authors.

‘Jack’ proves Marilynne Robinson’s gift for delineating character 2020-10-01 10:18:25The fourth novel set in fictional Gilead is a prequel of sorts, focusing on the black sheep of the Boughton family and his relationship with Della.

Displaced: ‘The Last Million’ refugees to leave Europe 2020-09-30 17:04:34Resettlement of refugees – among them 25,000 Jewish people – proceeded slowly, with many nations closing their doors.

‘Transcendent Kingdom’ offers quiet hope in the face 2020-09-29 12:13:00In Yaa Gyasi's second novel, the daughter of a troubled immigrant family finds a way to combine science and faith in her career as a neuroscientist.

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Threats Real and Imaginary 2020-10-26 07:00:00If the most powerful position on earth is to be filled either by one of the worst humans the gene pool has ever devised or by one of the most mediocre

How Societies Go Backward 2020-10-26 07:00:00I often tell my students that two hideous demons slumber under the floorboards of Western culture: anti-Semitism and anti-Black racism. And they can e

‘Social Media Reward Bad Behavior’: An Interview with 2020-10-26 06:06:35Ellen K. Pao was an unlikely troublemaker. A graduate of Princeton, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School, she was hired in 2005 by Silicon

Everyday Resistance in ‘Time’: An Interview with Garrett 2020-10-24 07:00:47Two recent archival projects documenting Black life in America coincided in 2014. First, the Museum of Modern Art premiered the restoration of the 191

The Loss of Shared Grief 2020-10-23 08:30:00Chaos has a cognitive cost. Many of us understand this at some level, having strained to function normally for months now in a jerry-rigged approximat

The Redesign of LACMA: An Exchange 2020-10-23 07:13:26In response to: “The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture,” October 2, 2020 To the Editor: Review readers should know that

The Con He Rode In On 2020-10-22 07:00:00Amid the sensory swirl of the airplane hangar in Freeland, Michigan—the thousands of voices screaming, the red MAGA hats bobbing and shifting, t

A Portrait of the Fascist as a Young 2020-10-22 06:42:51As the threat of political violence looms over the 2020 presidential election, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are preparing for an appeals hearing

The Gonzo Constitutionalism of the American Right 2020-10-21 07:25:52In its heyday, American conservatism was called a “three-legged stool.” One leg was economic and libertarian, appealing to business-minded

The Women’s March of Belarus 2020-10-20 09:09:11On Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States in a reprise of the women’s marches that began on Pr

Getting Out of Tight Corners 2020-10-19 07:00:16The tint on the windows of the van transporting us to the counting room in Miami was so dark that it was difficult to see out of the windows. But it k

From Palestine to the World, the Militant Film 2020-10-17 08:05:48The Palestinian militant film project emerged in the aftermath of the 1967 Arab–Israeli War, hoping to win international sympathy and solidarity


Harold McGee Goes On A Sniffing Expedition For 2020-10-25 07:51:25NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro speaks with author Harold McGee about his new book, Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells.

'To Hold Up The Sky' Asks A Simple 2020-10-25 07:00:28Cixin Liu's latest collection — made up of several decades' worth of stories — showcases a science fiction that harks back to the earlie

New Book Examines How The First Amendment Sits 2020-10-24 17:19:00Right now, we have "an entire government apparatus designed to foster falsehoods," says editor Ellis Cose, who has written a new book, The Short Lif

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder On Her New Book, 2020-10-24 09:37:32Alicia Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, reflects on her past two decades of activism, the upcoming election and her new book, The Purpose of

Washington Irving's Headless Horseman Of Sleepy Hollow Turns 2020-10-24 07:50:00NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Elizabeth Bradley about the 200th anniversary of the publication of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Yes, There's Conflict — But No One's The 2020-10-24 07:50:00Bryan Washington's debut novel brings together an eclectic cast of characters who redefine family. He says he wanted to write about people operating

A New Picture Book Reminds Black Sons: You 2020-10-24 07:50:00When Derrick Barnes began writing children's books 15 years ago, he didn't see Black kids — boys in particular — depicted in positive, a

'Snapped' Grounds A Sparky Romance In Real-World Experience 2020-10-24 07:00:11Alexa Martin draws on her own life for the latest in her series of football-themed romances. Snapped deals with some of the problems that plague the s

Don DeLillo On New Novel, 'The Silence' 2020-10-23 16:16:00Ailsa Chang talks with Don DeLillo about his novel, The Silence.

What Code Switch Listeners Are Reading During The 2020-10-23 15:30:55Some want escapist reads to distract themselves during these times, while others are turning to books that lean into the darkness and dread of the pan

'Fresh Air' Reflects On The Psychedelic Movement 2020-10-23 13:35:49We listen to a 1983 interview with psychologist Timothy Leary, a 1990 interview with spiritual leader Ram Dass and a 2018 interview with How to Change

'Knockout': A Memoir About A Journey From Self-Hate 2020-10-22 15:54:00NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Mia Kang, author of Knockout, about her history of body issues, modeling and the transition to Muay Thai fighter.

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