Belief and doubt
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, John Gregory, Viki Merrick, and Nubar Alexanian. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, John Gregory, and Viki Merrick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Big Machine by Victor Lavalle. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 8, 2011 — If you're in search of a genre-bending, perspective-shattering read, look no farther than Victor LaValle's crime thriller Big Machine. Author Dolen Perkins-Valdez says the kaleidoscopic novel deftly weaves crime with dynamics of race, class and religion in an explosion of utter originality.
Jun 7, 2011 — From religion to pornography and die-hard optimists to remorseless sociopaths, reading about neuroscience can be a lot more fun than dodging volleyballs on a beach. Here are five brainy picks that are sure to make for some sizzling summer reads.
May 29, 2010 — Susan Stamberg gathers recommendations from booksellers Rona Brinlee, Lucia Silva and Daniel Goldin. Their selections for summertime reading include books about small-town America, a polygamist father in over his head, and a postmistress in New England during World War II.
Nov 7, 2009 — At the Ocean Charter School near Marina del Rey, Calif., 40 percent of the 2008 kindergarten class received vaccination exemptions. Author Michael Specter says the parents in this upscale enclave are prime examples of what he calls "denialism."
Feb 15, 2007 — A new study in the journal Child Development shows that if you teach students that their intelligence isn't fixed — that it can grow and increase — they do better in school.
Mar 9, 2006 — Our beliefs often come from established theories, but what about beliefs based on theories in progress? A new book asks literary and scientific thinkers about what they believe but cannot prove.