Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Magic Seeds by V. S. Naipaul. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 18, 2011 — Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of Congress, was elected to Congress even before all women in the country had the right to vote. She only served two terms — which were decades apart. But it was during those short spans that she was able to take a historic stand.
Jun 30, 2008 — Through photos and writings documenting poverty in New York City in the late 19th century, a Danish immigrant became a famous campaigner against slum housing. Two new books tell the story of Jacob Riis, a social reformer and natural showman.
Mar 11, 2006 — The political left needs a hero, and Upton Sinclair just keeps getting resurrected for the job in Chris Bachelder's bizarre and hilarious novel U.S.!. Bachelder talks about his second novel with Susan Stamberg.
Jan 6, 2005 — Alan Cheuse reviews Nobel Prize winner V.S. Naipaul's new novel Magic Seeds, which continues the story of Indian intellectual Willie Chandran begun in Naipaul's 2001 novel, Half a Life. Cheuse says the novel's thick plot is only a platform from which Naipaul delves into a complicated world of mind and feeling.