"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
With stories of genetic mapping, cloning, and other scientific breakthroughs all over the news, science journalist Robin Henig takes a look back at the life of Gregor Mendel, the 19th century Moravian monk regard by many as the father of genetics. Her new book explains why Mendel’s work was ignored in his lifetime, and why it has been so important to the generations of scientists who have followed him.
- Robin Marantz Henig writer for the New York Times Magazine
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