Nov 18, 2013 — You've seen him on television in hit shows like CSI: NY and Covert Affairs, but Hill Harper's most important role may be off-screen. He sat down with NPR's Michel Martin to discuss his longtime friendship with an inmate, documented in his new book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother.
Oct 20, 2013 — Ann Dowsett Johnston is a successful journalist with five National Magazine Awards to her name; she's also struggled with an addiction to alcohol. In her new book, Drink, she combines her reporting skills and her personal experience to explore the specific dangers confronting women who drink.
Apr 3, 2013 — "The view that drug use is a moral choice is pervasive, pernicious and wrong," writes David Sheff in Clean, a critical look at the nation's approach to drug treatment. Sheff argues that we should not wait for "rock bottom" — that addiction should be treated promptly, just like any other disease.
Mar 27, 2013 — In his latest book, the author of Beautiful Boy describes a new way of treating substance addiction and related mental illnesses. "What we know now is that addicts aren't immoral, they aren't weak," he says. "They're ill."
Mar 18, 2013 — On the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, journalist Aaron Glantz talks about the challenges American service members face in accessing disability and other benefits. Glantz says there is a backlog of 900,000 claims and that the average waiting period is 273 days.
Apr 13, 2010 — Former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete's biggest challenge did not come on the field: It came in dealing with his son's medical diagnosis. He writes about his struggles in a book titled Not My Boy!
Jul 13, 2009 — More than 600,000 people are released from U.S. prisons every year. But imagine re-entering society in today's economy as a convicted felon. Jeffery Ian Ross and Stephen C. Richards, the authors of the book Beyond Bars, offer insights on a successful reentry into society, the local community and the job market.
Oct 10, 2008 — Provisions slipped into the economic bailout bill mandate that employers and insurance companies give mental health issues parity with physical health issues. Among the changes? Companies will not be able to charge different rates for mental — versus physical — health services.
Aug 21, 2008 — By the eighth grade, 52 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, and 20 percent have used marijuana — according to the non-profit group, Partnership for a Drug Free America. But what factors lead teens to addiction? For more, Farai Chideya speaks with a recovering teen addict and an addiction specialist.
Aug 7, 2008 — In 2005, former CBS broadcaster Mark McEwen was on flight home to Orlando, Fla., when he was overtaken by a stroke. He survived the incident, but it changed his life forever. Now, McEwen has captured the experience and the aftermath in a new book.