Aug 18, 2011 — A growing number of colleges are assigning "common reads" — books that all incoming freshmen must read for their first week on campus. Wes Moore, author of the common read The Other Wes Moore, and student Sirena Wurth discuss what students gain from reading collectively.
Jan 12, 2011 — Novelist Peter Carey returns with a funny riff on de Tocqueville's America, while David Remnick looks at the rise of President Obama, Rhodes scholar Wes Moore considers the prison life he might have lived, and Simon Johnson and James Kwak argue that America's megabanks should be cut down to size.
Aug 18, 2010 — The days are getting shorter, and it's hard to breeze though pages like you did on vacation just a few short weeks ago. Critic Cord Jefferson offers five nonfiction titles — true stories that will gently ease you out of the summer months, and back into the routines of fall.
Apr 13, 2010 — Japan's reki-jo, or "history girls," love learning about shoguns' castles and samurai battles, and they idolize historical figures like rock stars. Some observers believe this is more than just a trend: The reki-jo subculture signals a kind of empowerment.
Oct 2, 2008 — In this installment of the This American Moment series, Eboo Patel, director of the Interfaith Youth Core, discusses his efforts to promote religious pluralism among young people. Patel believes that this type of mutual respect and understanding is the "big idea of our time."
Dec 27, 2007 — In the 1960s, Cathy Wilkerson was a member of the radical group Weatherman. She went underground for 10 years after an accidental explosion blew up a New York townhouse. The author of a new memoir is apologetic for her group's tactics, but not her politics.
Jul 19, 2007 — Author Eboo Patel talks about the hate and rejection he sees in many young religious extremists, and why ignoring the faith line that divides us comes at a huge price.
Feb 1, 2007 — Zlata Filipovic kept a diary in war-torn Sarajevo that chronicled her harrowing war experiences. Fifteen years later, she's collected an array of young people's war diaries, from World War II to Iraq. Filipovic and co-editor Melanie Challenger talk about Stolen Voices.
May 18, 2006 — How much does the era you grow up in affect your personality? Psychologist Jean Twenge, a researcher at San Diego State University believes that a key factor in determining primary character traits is the generation that people are born in — and there may be credence to the notion of "The Greatest Generation."