Leisure & Lifestyle

Concerns About CT Scans and the Risk of Cancer

December 16, 2009

New studies indicate overexposure to radiation from CT scans could increase the risk of cancer and cause thousands of deaths. What the studies show and alternative diagnostic tests.

John Grisham: "Ford County"

December 15, 2009

The master of the legal thriller describes the fictional Mississippi Delta-town which provides the setting for his first collection of short stories.

Improving Working Conditions at Home and Abroad

December 14, 2009

American workers are short-changed on vacation days, sick leave and benefits compared to their counterparts in other nations. The case for improving work life in the U.S. and around the world.

The Future of Medicare's Home Health Care Program

December 9, 2009

The Senate votes to slash billions from Medicare's home health care program. What the cuts mean for senior citizens and efforts to overhaul health care.

Lee Eisenberg: "Shoptimism" (Free Press)

November 3, 2009

A look at America's love/hate relationship with shopping: Why we crave that little black dress or power tool, and what the things we buy say about our character.

Audrey Niffenegger: "Her Fearful Symmetry" (Scribner)

November 2, 2009

The author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" returns with a new novel set near a famed London cemetery. It's a mystery, a ghost story, and a love story rolled into one.

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John Freeman: "The Tyranny Of E-mail" (Scribner)

October 19, 2009

A manifesto for slower communication. One of America's pre-eminent literary critics says step away from your screen, put down the Blackberry, and take charge of ever-accelerating forms of communication.

David Kessler: "The End of Overeating" (Rodale) (Rebroadcast)

September 6, 2009

Former F-D-A Commissioner David Kessler on why Americans can't seem to stop eating, even when they're full. He talks about how the food industry promotes overeating and ways to fight back.

Helen Scales: "Poseidon's Steed" (Gotham Books)

September 2, 2009

A marine biologist describes mankind's fascination with seahorses and explains their unusual appearance.

Gwen Cooper: "Homer's Odyssey" (Delacorte Press)

August 25, 2009

When author Gwen Cooper was 24, she adopted a tiny, blind kitten. She describes their adventures as he grew into a three-pound �supercat.�

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