In the same week that the Guardian reports on a recent UK study showing that boys are closing the gap on girls in reading, a more sobering story has emerged detailing how animals and natural settings are fading from the books they read.
Aren’t there studies about what happens when rats run out of water, or food, or space – and turn on their fellow rats? What if that were to happen in the United States, the land of plenty? Could we be looking at a breakdown of everyday social services? Author Thomas Byrne Edsall poses these questions and investigates the answers in his book, “The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics.
Do Muslim women fall in love, or do all of them succumb to arranged marriages? Is an arranged marriage completely loveless in the first place?
In the book “Going Solo,” Eric Klinenberg reveals that more and more Americans are staying single and living alone, which he calls a huge demographic shift.
In this podcast, we talk about mental health, "Downton Abbey," politics, Marvel Comics, religion, taking baths with other adults and much more, so check it out!
Pamela Druckerman joins the show to discuss her new book, "Bringing up Bebe," which provides the French yin to Amy Chua's "Tiger Mom" yang.
Amazon has been shaking up the book business for years, but now the e-commerce behemoth is striking at the heart of the publishing industry itself.
A new book about the President and the First Lady is causing a stir. "The Obamas" details the relationship between Barack and Michelle, their adjustment to life in Washington and some strained exchanges between Michelle Obama and key White House staff.
We all know Diane Keaton as Michael Corleone's wife from "The Godfather," before serving as the real world basis for the fictional title character she played in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," which garnered her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Since then, she went on to star in several more of Allen's films, as well as such hits as "Baby Boom," "The First Wives Club" and "Something's Gotta Give."
Richard Lange is an L.A. author who revels in the unglamorous side of the city. He's published a novel, "This Wicked World", a collection of short stories, "Dead Boys," and been published in Slake Magazine and the "Best American Mystery Stories of 2011".
If you can’t figure out what the health care overhaul is all about, there’s a comic book—er, graphic novel—to make it all clear.
Millions of people have visited and photographed Yosemite National Park, but many of those visitors have not seen the park in all four seasons.
Almost a decade has passed since literary critic Harold Bloom called the men and women of the National Book Foundation idiots for choosing to honor author Stephen King with a medal for distinguished contribution. Bloom criticized King for his pop horror and sci-fi genre affiliation, which he deemed without literary value.
“For the majority of Muslims today, the central issue is not a clash with other civilizations. It is instead a struggle within the faith itself to rescue Islam’s central values from a small but virulent minority.” So asserts longtime Washington Post foreign correspondent Robin Wright in her new book, “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.”
As inhabitants of the world’s most isolated nation, North Koreans believe what they’re told. Propaganda has persuaded them that they are racially and morally pure, and that food donations to famine victims are in fact tribute from a terrified United States.
New York has its 843-acre Central Park; San Francisco has its 1017-acre Golden Gate, but both are tame in comparison to what the city of Los Angeles has to offer—the 4210 unwieldly acres of Griffith Park. Established in 1896 when L.A.’s population was only 110,000, the park used to lie outside city limits. The original donor of the land, Griffith J. Griffith, insisted that rail fares to the park be capped at a nickel so that all of L.A.’s citizens could enjoy it.