Aug 23, 2012 — In fiction, Robert Harris explores a financial crash and Jennifer DuBois recounts a fateful meeting. In nonfiction, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum analyze how the U.S. lags, Tony Horwitz looks at abolitionist John Brown and Adam Gopnik considers the meaning of food.
May 21, 2012 — For Nancy Pearl, beach reading doesn't mean light reading. NPR's go-to librarian has dug up a diverse mix of titles old and new — a selection of mystery, memoir and more — that will leave you with some substantial summer reading.
Jan 30, 2011 — Bobby Fischer might have been the greatest chess player who ever lived, but he was a deeply troubled man who descended into paranoia and hatred. Author Frank Brady, who knew Fischer, charts his rise and fall in a new biography.
Mar 13, 2009 — Psychologists seem to have a fancy word for every conceivable fear known to man or woman. Nyctophobia, fear of darkness. Phagophobia, fear of swallowing. Agyrophobia, fear of crossing the street. Blennophobia, morbid fear of slime. And the phobia de jour, triskaidekaphobia. Commentator Paul Hoffman explains.
Feb 20, 2009 — Thirty-four-year-old Gata Kamsky is the United States' best hope for chess. The last two Americans to excel in the game suffered mental meltdowns, and understandably so — chess is a rigorous exercise not suited for the faint of mind. But Kamsky, who is in the midst of an eight-game match in Sofia, Bulgaria, has a real shot at playing the world chess champion later this year. That is, if he can keep his wits about him.
May 14, 2007 — Most people know Josh Waitzkin as the young chess prodigy from the book and movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. He has since written a book called The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence.