Author Interviews

  • 1:33pm Jun 07, 2013
    Science Science Books

    How To Survive A Mass Extinction

    In her new book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction writer Annalee Newitz looks back at Earth's previous mass extinctions to see what lessons might be learned, and how earthlings might prepare themselves to survive a future planet-wide catastrophe.
  • In her latest book about Henry Molaison, Corkin tells the story of the amnesic man  she studied for a half-century, whose brain helped teach neuroscientists about the distinctions between memory and intellect.
    Basic Books
    5:03pm Jun 06, 2013
    Science Science Books Arts Health & Safety

    The Patient Who Let Us Peek Inside A Brain In 'Present Tense'

    For nearly 50 years, neuroscientist Suzanne Corkin worked with Henry Molaison, who lost most of his memory in 1953 after experimental surgery for severe seizures. Their work together taught us much of what we know today about memory, and she writes about Molaison and their work in her new book.
  • In TransAtlantic, Colum McCann takes readers into the world of two aviators attempting a nonstop trip across the Atlantic Ocean.
    Random House
    11:34am Jun 06, 2013

    In 'TransAtlantic', Author Colum McCann Returns Home

    Irish-American author Colum McCann has spent the better part of his life inhabiting others in his novels — from Russian ballet dancers to New York subway diggers. In TransAtlantic, he tells the story of his native country — its famine, its troubles, its emigrants and those who stayed.
  • 7:43pm Jun 04, 2013

    For One Family, A 'Double' Dose Alcoholism

    Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with best-selling mystery writer Martha Grimes and her son, Ken Grimes, about their new book, Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism.
  • In Oqa, Afghanistan, Boston weaves a saddlebag for her husband's donkey. The weavers of Oqa also weave large carpets, earning less than $1 a day for their work.
    Courtesy Anna Badkhen
    8:18pm Jun 02, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Mapping 'The World' Of A Remote Afghan Village

    Journalist Anna Badkhen chronicles life in a small Afghan village in her new book, The World Is A Carpet. A village of 240 people, Oqa survives on an old-time tradition of carpet weaving. Residents earn about 40 cents a day for carpets that eventually sell for $5,000 to $20,000 abroad.