Author Interviews

  • 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.
  • 11:23am May 17, 2013
    Science Science Books

    Resetting the Theory of Time

    Generations of physicists have claimed that time is an illusion. But not all agree. In his book Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe, theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that time exists--and he says time is key to understanding the evolution of the universe.
  • 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.
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    1:19pm May 14, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

    In 2011, Jessica Buchanan, an aid worker in Somalia, was kidnapped by land pirates. For 93 days she fought off despair while her husband, Erik Landemalm, wondered if he'd ever see her again. In a two-part interview, Buchanan and Landemalm recall Buchanan's capture and her dramatic rescue by Navy SEALs.
  • Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
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    3:39pm May 13, 2013
    National National Books Arts

    In 'Passage,' Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

    The fourth volume in Robert Caro's monumental biography of Lyndon Johnson is The Passage of Power; it explores the period between 1958 and 1964 during which Johnson went from powerful Senate majority leader to powerless vice president to — suddenly — president of the United States.
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    12:59pm May 13, 2013
    Books Books

    'Impossible Odds' Details Aid Worker's Rescue From Somalia

    David Greene speaks with Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm about their book Impossible Odds. It's the story of Jessica's abduction, along with a fellow aid worker, by Somali pirates in 2011. In the first of the two-part interview, we hear how Jessica was abducted, and how she refused to fall into despair while in captivity.
  • 9:18am May 13, 2013
    National National Books Arts Politics & Government

    After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

    In a new book, former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe explores how to fix the gridlock in Congress. Earlier this year, the Republican from Maine left the Senate out of frustration with the partisan stalemate. "It has to change, for the country," she says. "People deserve ... better representation."
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    8:41am May 13, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Why You Should Give A $*%! About Words That Offend

    Curse words change over time — back in the ninth century you could say the "s" word and no one would be offended. But we always need a set of words that are off-limits, and in her new book, author Melissa Mohr explains how the words that shock us reveal a lot about society's values.