Books

  • 3:11pm May 21, 2013
    Science Science Books Health & Safety

    Oliver Sacks: Hallucinations

    In his latest book Hallucinations, neurologist Oliver Sacks collects stories of individuals who can see, hear and smell things that aren't really there--such as strange voices, or collages of unrecognizable faces--and explores the disorders and drugs that can produce such illusions. This interview was originally broadcast on November 9, 2012.
  • 3:11pm May 21, 2013
    Science Science Books Environment

    Climate Change Takes Flight in New Novel

    Writer Barbara Kingsolver is one of a handful of novelists with a science background, and she puts it to use in her new novel Flight Behavior. Kingsolver discusses the book and why she chose to look at the the issue of climate change in a fictional work set in rural Tennessee. This interview was originally broadcast on November 9, 2012.
  • Into The Abyss cover
    11:13am May 21, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    After Crashing In Canadian 'Abyss,' Four Men Fight To Survive

    On an icy night in 1984, a commuter plane crashed in the wilderness. Six passengers died, but four survived: the pilot, a politician, a policeman and a prisoner. Carol Shaben's Into the Abyss describes their fight to make it through that frigid night alive.
  • Cover of Eleven Rings
    11:13am May 21, 2013
    Sports Sports Books Arts

    Courtside Chemistry: How NBA's Phil Jackson Won 'Eleven Rings'

    Jackson is famous for his philosophical take on basketball and for the many stars he led to championship triumphs. He taught his players yoga and gave them assigned reading — but also pushed them to intensely practice fundamental skills. His new book looks back on a legendary coaching career.
  • Cover of Stoner
    6:18pm May 19, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Decades Later And Across An Ocean, A Novel Gets Its Due

    John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
  • 7:47pm May 18, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'Waiting To Be Heard' No More, Amanda Knox Speaks Out

    Less than two months into her study abroad program in Italy, Amanda Knox was accused and eventually convicted of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. After her conviction was overturned, Knox returned home to Seattle — and now faces a potential retrial. Knox tells her story in a new memoir.
  • 7:47pm May 18, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Three-Minute Fiction Reading: 'Plum Baby'

    NPR's Susan Stamberg reads an excerpt of one of the best submissions for Round 11 of our short story contest. She reads Plum Baby by Carmiel Banasky of Portland, Ore.
  • 11:23am May 17, 2013
    World News World News Science Books

    Insects May Be The Taste Of The Next Generation, Report Says

    A report from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization says insects offer a huge potential for improving the world's food security. Peter Menzel, co-author of Man Eating Bugs, describes some insect-based cuisine and the western aversion to creepy-crawly snacks.