Jun 30, 2013 — Nelson Mandela is the former president of South Africa and famed leader of the anti-apartheid movement. Blogger and professor Sean Jacobs recommends three books that explore the leader's life and legacy in great detail.
Sep 29, 2012 — The new trove of recordings covers everything from the Cold War to civil rights to Vietnam to the U.S. ice hockey team. Listening In, a new book and CD set, includes more than 260 hours of transcribed conversations and 2.5 hours of audio from inside the Kennedy White House.
Sep 29, 2011 — Jonathan Franzen's much-discussed Freedom arrives in paperback, along with selected stories from William Trevor and a new Rick Bass novel set in 1950s Nashville. In nonfiction, Nelson Mandela opens the archives to his past, and Ian Frazier explores Siberia.
Oct 8, 2010 — In 1971, the FBI put John Lennon under surveillance because of his anti-war activities. The INS tried to deport him a year later. Historian Jon Wiener spoke to Terry Gross in 2000 about the Nixon administration's campaign to deport Lennon — and then Wiener's own fight to get the FBI to release Lennon's files.
May 12, 2007 — Nearly 70 years ago, Jewish refugees appealed to the United States for entry in an attempt to escape Nazi Germany. A few Washington officials had a plan to allow the Jews to live in Alaska, but the proposal never passed Congress.
Dec 21, 2006 — After a 25-year-long legal battle, the FBI has released the final documents relating to its surveillance of John Lennon in the 1970s. Historian Jon Wiener first requested the files in 1981 for a book on Lennon. He discusses the contents of the now-declassified files.
Dec 14, 2005 — Day to Day reporter Karen Grigsby Bates, doing double duty as literary editor, shares her list of books that would make great gifts for the holidays.
Oct 8, 2005 — John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, visits modern-day Venice, where he finds a rich cast of characters and tries to unravel the mystery behind a 1996 fire that wiped out the city's last opera house.
Sep 22, 2005 — B.B. King's loved ones gathered at a Southern California home recently to celebrate his 80th birthday with a backyard concert featuring performances from some of his closest friends.