Author Interviews

  • 12:39pm Mar 25, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

    To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.
  • The War Comes Home book cover detail
    5:05pm Mar 19, 2013
    World News World News National Books Arts

    Veterans Face Red Tape Accessing Disability, Other Benefits

    On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, journalist Aaron Glantz talks about the challenges American service members face in accessing disability and other benefits. Glantz says there is a backlog of 900,000 claims and that the average waiting period is 273 days.
  • All Standing by Kathryn Miles.
    / Free Press
    7:48pm Mar 17, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sailed Through Grim Odds

    In the mid-19th century, more than a million Irish fled the potato famine in search of a better life. But the fate they met aboard so-called "coffin ships" headed to the New World was often as bad as what they left behind. Not so for those lucky enough to find their way onto one ship. Kathryn Miles tells the story in her book, All Standing.
  • 1:03pm Mar 15, 2013
    Science Science Books

    'Bones' Inspires A New Generation Of Crime Fighters

    Kathy Reichs, the writer and scientist behind the TV show Bones, is back with a new novel for young adults. Code: A Virals Novel stars Tory Brennan, great-niece of Reich's famed crime-solving heroine Tempe Brennan. Reichs discusses the book, co-written with Brendan Reichs.
  • Cover of The Bankers' New Clothes
    6:50am Mar 15, 2013
    National National Books Arts Economy

    'Bankers' New Clothes' Leave Too Little Skin In The Game

    Anat Admati, finance professor at Stanford and co-author of a new book on American banks, argues that banks carry too much debt and have too little equity. Government support allows them to hide their risky behavior, distorting the economy as a whole, she says.