Sep 17, 2012 — Five-hundred feet underground in a coal mine in Ohio, Jeanne Marie Laskas realized how dependent Americans are on the work of "unseen" people. In Hidden America, she illuminates those whose jobs are nearly invisible to most of us, from miners to migrant workers to professional football cheerleaders.
Aug 6, 2012 — Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.
Aug 9, 2011 — The Great Depression transformed families and launched political movements. In Pinched, author Don Peck tracks the decades-long impact of American downturns on culture, politics and psychology; and predicts how the most recent economic shock could alter the nation's psyche.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It by Don Peck. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Union Dues by John Sayles. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Tell Me a Riddle by Tillie Olsen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 18, 2009 — NPR's Scott Simon talks with humor writer Joe Queenan about "Closing Time," Queenan's memoir of growing up in a Philadelphia housing project with an abusive father and indifferent mother.
Nov 6, 2008 — The Republican Party was beaten badly in Tuesday's elections, and many Republicans are calling for the party to re-examine itself. Ross Douthat, a senior editor at The Atlantic and co-author of Grand New Party, says the party has to shift focus to the working class and come up with conservative solutions to their problems.
Oct 31, 2008 — Terkel, who came of age during the Great Depression, often said America suffered from what he called a national Alzheimer's disease. His oral histories and radio interviews with everyday Americans helped document the nation's past.
Jul 16, 2008 — The Republican Party has often been stereotyped as the party of wealthy, old white men. Conservative writers Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam think that can change. Their new book, Grand New Party, offers a vision for expanding the Republican base.