Study and teaching
Oct 31, 2013 — Pop quiz: what do you get when you combine a talking penguin, a man with a bird beak for a face and an interrupting dragon? The answer, surprisingly, is a writing guide: Jeff VanderMeer's Wonderbook. VanderMeer tells NPR intern Colin Dwyer about his collaboration with illustrators and his imaginative, character-driven approach to teaching writing.
May 19, 2013 — John Williams' Stoner sold just 2,000 copies when it was originally published in 1965. It's now acknowledged as a classic work, is a best-seller across Europe and the No. 1 novel in the Netherlands.
May 13, 2012 — Ecologist and "natural security expert" Rafe Sagarin thinks our systems for dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks need to be updated. The best place to turn for advice? Other organisms.
Oct 12, 2011 — It's fall, and the mood has turned from silly to serious. In keeping with the buttoned-up season, author Martha Southgate lists her favorite books full of fastidious fellows. They might be fussy, but she knows deep down, they're a whole lot of fun.
Jul 27, 2011 — NPR coverage of French Lessons by Ellen Sussman. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Flamenco Academy: A Novel by Sarah Bird. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 17, 2008 — For 25 years, a professor collected essays from her students based on the this prompt: "Was there an object you met during childhood or adolescence that had an influence on your path into science?" One student remembered her Easter basket.
Aug 8, 2008 — Actress and mathematician Danica McKellar is on a mission to get middle-school girls to stop hating math. In her new book, Kiss My Math, — a follow-up to Math Doesn't Suck — McKellar breaks math into easy-to-digest concepts so girls can "show pre-algebra who's boss."
Nov 7, 2007 — Loriene Roy, president of the American Library Association, talks about recent works of Native American fiction during this, American Indian Heritage Month.
Nov 3, 2007 — As an English teacher at West Point, Elizabeth Samet teaches America's future warriors about Shakespeare, Emerson and Homer. In her new book, Soldier's Heart: Teaching Literature through Peace and War at West Point, Samet shares her decade of experience at the military academy.