Books

David Folkenflik: "Murdoch's World"

October 31, 2013

Former editors at Rupert Murdoch's London papers face trial this week for their alleged role in hacking peoples' telephones. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik takes an in-depth look at the scandal and how Murdoch built his empire.

Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

October 23, 2013

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems"

October 22, 2013

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

Andre Dubus III: "Dirty Love"

Andre Dubus III: "Dirty Love"

October 14, 2013

The best-selling author of "House of Sand and Fog" returns to fiction with a collection of linked novellas that explore conflicting needs of power, fear and fantasy.

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

October 8, 2013

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.

Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Lowland"

October 2, 2013

"The Lowland" is a new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Based on true events, it's the story of two brothers growing up in post-colonial India and the limits of love and sacrifice.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

September 30, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

September 25, 2013

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

September 18, 2013

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

September 10, 2013

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

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