Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Light Boxes by Shane Jones. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 21, 2010 — This year, not all of the best books made it onto best-seller lists. NPR's Rachel Syme picks her favorite under-the-radar reads that are worth a second look.
Nov 21, 2008 — Some say America is finally entering a post-racial age, one in which people of all races have equal opportunities. But scientific studies show racial prejudices persist. So how is race perception made manifest in our conscious and subconscious minds?
Oct 22, 2008 — Why do pigs oink in English and chrjo in Russian? What does the word ma ma have to do with the word mammal? In his new book, Alphabet Juice, humorist and author Roy Blount Jr. traces the origins of everyday words and how they have changed over time.
Oct 31, 2007 — Robert Harris' new novel features a once-popular former British prime minister who becomes fiercely criticized for collaborating with the United States in war. The character's name is Adam Lang, not Tony Blair, but otherwise the similarities are unmistakable.
May 10, 2007 — Humorist and writer Roy Blount Jr. has spent years exploring the rocky relationship and stereotypes between the North and the South. His latest book is a collection of witty and sly observations as a Southern white guy "living pigeon-holed" up North.
Dec 7, 2005 — Farai Chideya talks with Anne Farrow, co-author of the book Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery, which reveals the history of the Northern slave market, and the stories of many of those who were bought, sold and survived.