Oct 24, 2013 — Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters, examines the strategy behind making and marketing megahits. She tells NPR's Renee Montagne that content companies — publishers, movie studios and the like — can create blockbusters by dedicating most of their budgets to a select few likely winners.
Oct 21, 2013 — Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. now stretches from Australia to India, Great Britain and the United States. In a new book, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik looks at how News Corp. publications covered the company's hacking scandals, and its punitive attitude toward critics.
Oct 6, 2013 — Host Rachel Martin talks to journalist Stephen Jimenez about his new look at the murder of Matthew Shepard. After more than a decade researching the case, Jimenez pieced together a story that undermines the accepted narrative; one in which Shepard and one of his convicted killers were part of the crystal meth drug trade.
Jan 11, 2012 — Novelist Jeff Shaara ends his World War II series, comedian Tina Fey gets bossy, playwright Michael Frayn remembers his working-class English father, former banker William Cohan scrutinizes Goldman Sachs, and journalist Seth Mnookin advocates for vaccines.
Jul 13, 2011 — Dan Kois picks five hilarious new books to lift you out of the summer swelter. Go ahead: Laugh, giggle or guffaw until you sweat!
Jan 9, 2011 — Twenty-five percent of Americans believe vaccines could lead to development disorders in children. How can so many people be wrong?
Nov 18, 2009 — It's been all Palin all the time ever since the former Alaska governor unveiled her memoir on Oprah on Monday. Matthew Continetti of the Weekly Standard comes to Palin's defense in his new book, The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.
May 22, 2008 — News spread quickly on Tuesday when doctors announced that Senator Ted Kennedy had a malignant brain tumor. Guests and callers discuss the difficult decisions public figures and their families must make when faced with serious health problems.
Mar 4, 2008 — In her new critique of contemporary culture, Susan Jacoby lambastes America's increasing preoccupation with "anti-intellectualism" and "junk thought." The Age of American Unreason is her eighth book.
Sep 20, 2006 — After all his success in TV, movies, on records and in stand-up, Bob Newharts' first book is just out. It's called I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! The book tells the story of a kid from Chicago who turned the trademark stammer and one-sided telephone conversations into a career.