Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous and Ann Goldstein. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 29, 2009 — Renowned scholar and college professor Ronald Takaki has died at the age of 70 after committing suicide. Takaki began his teaching career at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he is remembered for being the school's first professor of African-American studies. Larry Hajime Shinagawa, a professor at the University of Maryland, remembers his close friend and mentor.
Apr 23, 2009 — A new Census Bureau report shows that fewer Americans are relocating now than at any time in the past six decades. If you're interested in moving to a new home, but cannot because of the bad economy, tell us your story.
Nov 12, 2008 — Once renowned for its artists, Italy seemed to vanish from the world stage in the '80s and '90s. But two new novels, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio and Sicilian Tragedee, show Italian culture enjoying an international comeback.
Sep 30, 2008 — Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, argues that Americans are segregating themselves into ideologically-homogeneous communities. The majority of Americans are so comfortable in their beliefs, says Bishop, that they can't even listen to opposing viewpoints.
Aug 16, 2008 — Best-selling writer George Pelecanos says his newest thriller, The Turnaround, is based on an incident that happened in his neighborhood when he was 15. At the heart of the book is the idea that people never outlive responsibility for what they do.
Oct 31, 2006 — For years, a sociology professor followed workers at a fast-food place in Harlem to see how their lives would unfold. She found that a strong economy and personal connections led some of them to much better jobs than what they started with.
Oct 14, 2006 — The rocker has released a two-volume set of recordings. Volume one was out in February, with material from the 1980s. Volume two includes four albums he turned out between 1988 and 2002 and four bonus CDs of new material.