Dec 12, 2011 — In his book Extra Virginity, Tom Mueller explains why you can't believe everything you read on olive oil labels. Much of the "extra-virgin" olive oil sold in the U.S. has actually been mixed with lower-priced, lower-grade oils and artificial coloring, he says.
Nov 3, 2011 — Nonfiction rules the week with humorist Nora Ephron on aging, Simon Winchester on the history of the Atlantic Ocean, Brian Greene on the parallel universes that surround us, rapper Jay-Z on his life and lyrics, and entrepreneur Russell Simmons on what it means to be rich.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Clever Maids: The Secret History of The Grimm Fairy Tales by Valerie Paradiz. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 6, 2010 — The trickster is a being that loves to create chaos. In Native American traditions, it takes many forms and appears in many stories. Now it's taking the form of a graphic novel.
Jan 7, 2010 — In her book Lives of the Trees: An Uncommon History, author Diana Wells explores the history of and people's relationship with about 100 trees. She says she hopes the book will inspire readers to discover the trees around them because "we need the trees and they need us."
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.
Dec 11, 2006 — It's the time of the year again when we're thinking about what gifts we might give to our family and friends. To our book guide Alan Cheuse, of course, "gift" means "books." Here are some of his recommendations.
Nov 28, 2006 — What kid wouldn't like a comforting, joyful book for a holiday gift? A lot of 'em. For true holiday joy, make sure the books you give are truly enjoyable. Here are suggestions for different ages, stages and interests.
Jul 16, 2006 — Animated film director John Davis is back in theaters this month with The Ant Bully. His cartoon hero, one Lucas Nickle, is a boy cut down to size by a colony of creepy-crawlies. But before Davis made movies he read books. A short list for the younger set.
Dec 29, 2005 — Listener Teresa is halfway through this examination of the heart's cultural role throughout history and "feeling gallantly wiser about so much. [I] cannot wait to crawl back in tonight to learn more about this beating organ that has given us life since the beginning."