Sep 17, 2013 — Two short tales: One about bad guys in a fishing village in Pakistan, the other about good guys in Baghdad. And the question is posed: in the long arc of time, which side prevails, those with the impulse to take or those with the impulse to give?
Jun 30, 2013 — For decades, no one could crack the code to a mysterious ancient script called Linear B. In her new book, Margalit Fox tells the story of the forgotten woman who almost figured it out.
Jun 21, 2013 — NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real life, intellectual detective tale.
May 12, 2011 — Anthropologists and archeologists long believed humans evolved in Asia. So when a set of hominid remains was discovered in Africa, it took a while for the find to stick. In Born in Africa, author Martin Meredith details the battles in the search for the origins of human life.
Jul 8, 2009 — Two collectors from Utah pleaded guilty this week in the government's crackdown on the looting and trafficking of ancient Native American artifacts. That's a rare success for prosecutors in the decades-long effort to curb an artifacts black market in the Four Corners states.
Jul 1, 2009 — It took two years and more than $300,000 before federal agents could arrest 17 people in Blanding, Utah, for selling ancient American Indian artifacts on the black market. Locals are upset about the way in which the shouting, gun-wielding agents arrested the suspects.
Nov 17, 2008 — In 2002, archaeologists claimed a box of ancient bones held the remains of Jesus' brother. Nina Burleigh discusses her book, Unholy Business: The True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land, which explores how forgers create fake artifacts to "prove" Biblical stories to be true.
Jul 12, 2007 — For 1,000 years, the Anasazi Indians were lords of what's now the American Southwest. Then, apparently without warning, they all but vanished. Commentator Craig Childs says climate changes helped explain their disappearance.
Feb 13, 2007 — This year marks the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown. And that makes Bill Kelso — the man who excavated the site — one very happy archaeologist.
Jan 4, 2007 — A freaky view of the future in Children of Men, the co-author of Freakonomics on ... Beauty and the Geek, freakish adventures on a hunt for sunken treasure, the slightly freaky Jack White in a no-frills music video, and the secret to avoid freakouts (it involves 40 winks).