Author Interviews

  • Child Catchers book cover detail
    3:16pm Apr 16, 2013
    Books Books Arts Religion

    How Evangelical Christians Are Preaching The New Gospel Of Adoption

    In The Child Catchers, Kathryn Joyce explores the outsized influence of evangelical Christian groups on the overseas adoption industry. The adoption movement has orchestrated a boom-and-bust market that can exploit poor families in countries where regulations are weak and "orphans" may not actually be orphans.
  • In a new book, Charles Graeber tells the story of Charlie Cullen, a registered nurse who was was dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media after he was implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients.
    Twelve Books
    3:55pm Apr 15, 2013
    Books Books Arts Health & Safety

    Pretending To Be A 'Good Nurse,' Serial Killer Targeted Patients

    In 2003, a hospital nurse named Charlie Cullen was arrested under suspicion of injecting patients with lethal doses of a variety of medications. He is now considered one of the nation's most prolific serial killers. Journalist Charles Graeber explains how the hospital system failed to stop Cullen.
  • prescription pills
    3:28pm Apr 11, 2013
    Books Books Arts Health & Safety

    Living With Chronic Pain 'In The Kingdom Of The Sick'

    In the United States, an orphan disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 patients. These conditions often involve chronic pain or fatigue, and can be controversial and difficult to diagnose. Yet they affect around 30 million Americans. Author Laurie Edwards is one such patient.
  • Cover of The Alchemists
    3:03pm Apr 08, 2013
    Books Books Arts Economy

    The 'Alchemists' Who Control The Purse Strings Of The Economy

    In a new book, Washington Post economics writer Neil Irwin looks at an elite group of policymakers from around the world who manage the money supply, and explains how money can come from — and disappear into — thin air based on the decisions of these influential men and women.
  • Tracy K. Smith was NPR's first NewsPoet.
    Tina Chang
    11:08am Apr 07, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Does Poetry Still Matter? Yes Indeed, Says NPR NewsPoet

    April is famously the cruelest month — according to the poem — but it's also the month we celebrate poetry. Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith says we all need poetry, and even those of us who don't write poems can still learn how to see and hear the world through poetry.
  • 4:55pm Apr 06, 2013
    World News World News Books Arts

    The Extraordinary Lives Of Ordinary North Koreans

    Amid a cascade of headline news from North Korea, often forgotten are the 24 million average citizens living under the most authoritarian regime in the world. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Barbara Demick of the Los Angeles Times on the lives of ordinary North Koreans.
  • Elders book cover detail
    4:47pm Apr 04, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Former Mormon Missionary Describes The Experience Of 'Elders'

    As a Mormon missionary, Ryan McIlvain spent two years ringing strangers' doorbells, even as he experienced doubts about his own faith. He left the church in his mid-20s. McIlvain's debut novel, Elders, tells the story of two young Mormons carrying out their missions.