Non-Fiction

Louise Knight: "Jane Addams:  Spirit in Action" (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Louise Knight: "Jane Addams: Spirit in Action" (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

September 9, 2010

The true legacy of social reformer, Jane Addams, is often overlooked today, but a century ago she was one of the nation's most radical progressives. A new biography of the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail"

September 8, 2010

Honey is a global food -- part of tradition, culture and trade. But it's not all sweet: the story also involves smuggling, deforestation and climate change. One woman explains what she found out when she went around the world in pursuit...

Gail Caldwell:  "Let's Take the Long Way Home"

Gail Caldwell: "Let's Take the Long Way Home"

September 2, 2010

A memoir about treasuring and losing a friend. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell tells how the extraordinary bond she shared with her best friend has endured, even after death.

Jennifer Jordan: "Last Man on the Mountain"

August 31, 2010

A journalist tackles one of the Himalayas' most legendary mysteries: What happened to the wealthy, middle-aged American adventurer who tried to climb K2 in the nineteen-thirties.

Scott Simon: "Baby We Were Meant for Each Other"

Scott Simon: "Baby We Were Meant for Each Other"

August 30, 2010

NPR host Scott Simon on falling in love at first sight -- wtih the two baby girls he and his wife adopted from China. A personal tale of the joys of adoption and becoming a first-time father later in life.

Jennifer Arnold: "Through a Dog's Eyes"

Jennifer Arnold: "Through a Dog's Eyes"

August 18, 2010

The healing power of dogs: the founder of a service dog training organization on matching dogs to children and adults with disabilities and why all dog owners can benefit from a better understanding of how their canine companions perceive...

Higher Education

Higher Education

August 17, 2010

Two professors examine the American higher education system and explain how students and parents can get the most for their money.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking)

August 12, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

"The Great Divorce:  A 19-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, The Shakers, and Her Times." (Atlantic Monthly Press)

"The Great Divorce: A 19-Century Mother's Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, The Shakers, and Her Times." (Atlantic Monthly Press)

August 5, 2010

The story of a 19th-century woman, whose sensational divorce and custody battle against her Shaker husband roused the sympathy of the American public, attracted the notice of Thomas Jefferson, and led to the only legislative divorce in New...

James Patterson:  "Freedom Is Not Enough" (Rebroadcast)

James Patterson: "Freedom Is Not Enough" (Rebroadcast)

July 5, 2010

A renowned historian examines the origins of the Moynihan Report. Released 45 years ago, it described the deterioration of black family life in America's cities. He explores the report's aftermath and the impact of its arguments on modern...

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