Jun 26, 2012 — The term "Chicago politics" gets bandied about whenever people complain about what they see as corruption and abuse of power. But what does it actually mean? These four books examine the city's hardball approach to politics through various lenses.
Jul 27, 2011 — Dennis Lehane returns to a torn character he invented a decade ago, Ruth Rendell visits London's Portobello Road, Karen Russell sets her debut in the Florida swamps, and Anne Fortier explores Romeo and Juliet in a modern love story. Meanwhile, Rosanne Cash reflects on her life and famous family.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Nov 13, 2010 — Dennis Lehane is renowned for the gritty realism of his authentic Boston crime novels, including best-sellers (and hit films) Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. In his new novel Moonlight Mile, he dives again into Beantown's mean streets.
Oct 28, 2008 — As the presidential election approaches, Talk of the Nation will ask guests to make the case for the two candidates on foreign and domestic policy. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains why Barack Obama is the right choice in 2008.
Mar 10, 2008 — The HBO series The Wire and its gripping, grim portrait of inner-city Baltimore has come to an end. The 60th and final episode was broadcast Sunday. Wire creator David Simon and co-producer Ed Burns reflect on the series.
Mar 29, 2007 — The book Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and Home of the Shameless defines the word "ghetto" as a mindset, not just a type of neighborhood. And it's not necessarily a good thing.
Aug 9, 2006 — Writer John McWhorter says that what's gone wrong in black America demands rethinking. He suggests that black leaders excuse problems like crime and poverty, instead of solving them.
Mar 23, 2006 — Cupcake Brown's memoir A Piece of Cake traces a difficult life through foster care, addiction and rehab, to a successful legal career. Brown tells Farai Chideya her harrowing yet inspiring story.
Jan 3, 2006 — Author and commentator John McWhorter talks about his latest book, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America.