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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

NPR | Oct. 17, 2017 6:40 a.m.

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

Books | Nation | Food

Zingerman's Bakehouse, A Michigan Icon, Rolls Out A New Cookbook

NPR | Oct. 16, 2017 8:42 a.m.

A visit to Ann Arbor wouldn't be complete without a trip to an eatery that bears the famous name. And the mouthwatering, no-nonsense recipes are designed to entice even novice bakers into the kitchen.

Health | Books | Nation | Science

'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

NPR | Oct. 15, 2017 5:04 a.m.

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

Health | Books | Science

'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

NPR | Oct. 13, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.

Books | Business

Chris Jackson And The Book Industry's Attempts To Diversify

NPR | Oct. 12, 2017 2:53 p.m.

Chris Jackson is revitalizing One World, a division of Random House known for publishing black authors. To celebrate, they're releasing Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book, We Were Eight Years in Power.

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Here Are The 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

NPR | Oct. 11, 2017 8:49 a.m.

Jason De León, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Derek Peterson are among the 24 winners of this year's MacArthur Fellowship, which honors "extraordinarily talented and creative individuals."

Books | Nation | Arts | Election

Antonin Scalia's Less Well-Known Legacy: His Speeches

NPR | Oct. 4, 2017 8:25 p.m.

Scalia Speaks is an anthology of the late justice's speeches on everything from the arts, turkey hunting, games and sports, faith and judging — and even the "Italian view of the Irish."

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Distillery Cat Wanted: Must Be Affable, Brand-Boosting, Cold-Blooded Killer

NPR | Oct. 2, 2017 11:34 a.m.

A new book profiles some of the world's most fascinating felines, while telling how their job descriptions have evolved from rodent catchers to today's ambassadors for distilleries and breweries.

Books | World

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

PRI's The World | Sept. 26, 2017 12:46 p.m.

When Manal al-Sharif posted a video of herself driving in Saudi Arabia in 2011, she angered many in the deeply conservative kingdom.   

Books | Science

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

NPR | Sept. 26, 2017 7:50 a.m.

In his new book, Robert Wright explores Buddhism's take on our suffering, our anxiety and our general dis-ease — where he sees it lining up with scientific fields, says blogger Adam Frank.