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Comedian Michael Ian Black and political writer Meghan McCain join the show to discuss their new book about road-tripping across the states.
Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote, "nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." But in historian, Harvard professor and New Yorker columnist Jill Lepore's new book, Lepore explores our purpose on the planet beyond payments to Uncle Sam and our descent to the grave.
The love of doing something even if it means no financial reward or recognition is the hallmark of an amateur, says Jack Hitt, author of new book called "Bunch of Amateurs." For his new book, Hitt traveled around the country meeting amateurs and distilling their experiences into a vision of America's essence.
Summer is here, and for kids all around the city, that means summer vacation. And summer vacation means no school, which all too often leads to learning loss.
There’s a pall over an independent bookstore in Glendale as the couple who owns it mourns the loss of close friend and famed author Ray Bradbury.
After six memoirs, Burroughs’ next offering, “This Is How,” veers in the direction of a self-help text (without losing Burroughs’ voice, of course).
KPCC's Kitty Felde interviews Ray Bradbury on the occasion of "Fahrenheit 451" being selected for LA's One Book One City event in 2002.
To remember Ray Bradbury is to remember summer. KPCC's John Rabe and Molly Peterson talk about one of their favorite books, Dandelion Wine, which catches magic in a bottle.
H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of four books — including the New York Times best-seller "Friday Night Lights," which has gone on to become a film and critically acclaimed television show — but his most difficult accomplishment might be raising his twin sons.
Tourists who come to Los Angeles tend to visit the same places: Venice Beach, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Hollywood. The slightly more adventurous might strike out for the Garment District, Topanga Canyon, or the Walt Disney Concert Hall, but what about neighborhoods to the south and east of those attractions? Places like the Los Angeles River? Or ‘the Ink Well’ (a two hundred-square foot beach) and Oakwood (a residential neighborhood) – two of the only Westside locations open to African-Americans during the first few decades of the twentieth century?
Lizz Winstead’s introduction to the power of comedy cemented itself in 1984, when her dress got caught in a screen and was pulled up over her head as she hosted an air guitar final in Minneapolis.
The ongoing buzz over the blockbuster erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey” has taken the publishing world by surprise and shows no signs of slowing down.
If you’ve ever dreamt of dropping everything and moving to an exotic location to start a new life or to find a new purpose, you’ll probably be interested in the story put forth in award-winning author Paul Theroux’s new book “The Lower River.
This year's election season is already proving to be full of drama and fireworks, but it doesn't measure up to the political drama in Seth Greenland's forthcoming novel, "The Angry Buddhist." Madeleine talks with Greenland about the book.
“It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” according to Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, whose new book explains how our existing political system is operating in a state of adversarial culture war that threatens the very fabric of American society.