Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of Hotels Of North America is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless.
The Thirty Million Word Initiative, created by University of Chicago Hospital pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind, attempts to close the achievement gap between poorer and more affluent students.
The most popular sport in America causes head trauma. Some famous players have been convicted of domestic abuse, or accused of cheating. But author Gregg Easterbrook won't give up on the gridiron.
Set in 1960s New Orleans, A Confederacy of Dunces centers around Ignatius J. Reilly, a glutton in a city known for its cuisine. A new cookbook looks at the food central to the heralded comedic novel.
Humor is both a creative and a cognitive process, says Bob Mankoff, who has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1977. Originally broadcast March 24, 2014.
Opened in 1865, Chicago's Union Stock Yard was the greatest livestock market the world had seen. Tourists watched masses of animals move through kill floors, a sight hailed as a miracle of modernity.
Steve Inskeep talks to Republican strategist Karl Rove about his book of history that he believes sheds light on politics today: the 1896 presidential election of William McKinley.
At 81, Gloria Steinem is still going strong. The noted feminist has been on tour promoting a new book, My Life On The Road, which she insists is not a memoir.
Historian Mary Beard says many of our popular notions about the empire are based on culture — like the play Julius Caesar or the film Gladiator — rather than fact. Her new book is called SPQR.
Shankar speaks with Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery, about what motivates art forgers. Also this week on Hidden Brain: why we love studies that prove wine connoisseurs wrong.