Author Interviews

  • Oxycodone pills spill out of a pillbox
    12:40pm May 30, 2013
    National National Science Books Arts Health & Safety

    How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

    New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.
  • 2:14pm May 27, 2013
    Books Books

    Marking The Moment With A Meaningful 'Exit'

    Exits are ubiquitous; grand or modest, we've all left something, from resigning from a job to waving goodbye to a friend. In Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explores goodbyes through the stories of people in transition. (Originally broadcast June 11, 2012.)
  • 1:19pm May 25, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'Steal The Menu': A Chronicle Of A Career In Food Coverage

    When Raymond Sokolov began writing about food, it was considered a specialty portfolio. Today, celebrity chefs abound in the U.S. and Britain, with cookbooks, TV shows and groupies. Host Scott Simon speaks with Sokolov about his new book, Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food.
  • 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.