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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

NPR | July 5, 2015 7:11 p.m.

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of "It's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.

Books | Arts | Nation | Elections

Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

NPR | July 4, 2015 8:59 a.m.

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

Books | Nation

Two Years After Deadly Wildfire, Are There Lessons In The Ashes?

NPR | June 29, 2015 11:58 a.m.

The Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013 was one of the deadliest incidents for wildland firefighters in American history. Nineteen of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died — many inside their fire shelters.

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A Bar, Blackjack And Best-Sellers: One Author's Big Break

NPR | June 28, 2015 5:20 p.m.

Ben Mezrich had been a struggling author, without a regular job and knee-deep in debt. But that all changed at a dive bar in Boston, when Mezrich saw a local college student whip out a $100 bill.

Books | Arts | Economy

How To Win The Money Game: A Former NBA Star Shares Financial Advice

NPR | June 27, 2015 4:38 p.m.

Adonal Foyle has financial advice for professional athletes. "You really have to put money in its proper place," he says. "If we do that, we will respect it but not give it too much power over us."

Books | Nation

Oxford English Dictionary Adds New Words, Offers Clarity On Old Ones

NPR | June 25, 2015 2:58 p.m.

The OED unveils some modern coinage and explains a Supreme Court justice's choice of words.

Books | Nation

'Project Fatherhood': In A Struggling Neighborhood, Dads Are Helping Dads

NPR | June 25, 2015 11:39 a.m.

A dedicated group of fathers in Los Angeles is working to help neighborhood dads do better by their children and their community.

Books | World

Istanbul Bookstore Caters To Syrian Refugees In Need Of A Good Read

NPR | June 19, 2015 11:14 a.m.

The mere mention of Syrian refugees can conjure up images of families living in tents in the desert. But a bookstore in Istanbul serves as a cultural oasis and informal community center for Syrians.

Books | Arts | Elections

Fueled By Fear, How Richard Nixon Became 'One Man Against The World'

NPR | June 16, 2015 1:52 p.m.

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide."

Books | Arts | Nation

Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School

NPR | June 12, 2015 4:42 a.m.

In a series of tweets with fans, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed that Americans have their own version of the legendary school of witchcraft and wizardry.