Books

Comedian Sara Benincasa on beating agoraphobia and 'Downton Abbey'

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!

Author Druckerman on the art of French parenting

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.

Does Amazon want to burn the book business?

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.

'The Obamas': Life in the public eye

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.

Diane Keaton on Annie and Dorothy Hall

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."

LA writer Richard Lange takes us on a tour of his MacArthur Park

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".

Confused about the new health care law? Comic book explains all

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.

The Yosemite Project: In four seasons

Millions of people have visited and photographed Yosemite National Park, but many of those visitors have not seen the park in all four seasons.

The best of Stephen King, from his newest New York Times best-of “11/22/63” on

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.

Rock the Casbah: Robin Wright on the Arab Spring

“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.”

B.R. Myers addresses allegations of fake mourning and self image in North Korea

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.

All about Griffith Park and the La Brea Tar Pits, if you aren’t visiting them as we speak

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.

Goodnight .... iPad?

Many of us grew up reading "Goodnight Moon" with the cow jumping over the moon and the red balloon. But in our tech-heavy world, you wonder if you'd still be able say good night to the old lady whispering "hush" or the bowl of mush.

Christmas book ideas for kids

Still looking for gifts for the little ones in your life? Maybe a book? Children's librarian Mara Alpert has suggestions on her favorite books of the year.

Celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz' "Pilgrimage"

You know these photos: Whoopi Goldberg in a bathtub of milk. Demi Moore naked and pregnant on the cover of Vanity Fair. John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono.

Christopher Hitchens: 1949 - 2011

The world lost one of its most noted contrarians yesterday. Christopher Hitchens, the opinionated essayist, master debater and journalistic devil's advocate, succumbed to esophageal cancer last night. Larry spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his book "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." We revisit that conversation in which Hitchens characteristically challenged the world's dominant sacred cows and delved into what brought meaning to his life. We also invite resident skeptic, Michael Shermer, on the program to share some drinking stories he had with Hitchens.