May 1, 2012 — The invention of Henry Ford's Model T in 1908 sparked the birth of the automobile industry. Since then, cars have played a monumental role in defining American culture. Paul Ingrassia's new book, Engines of Change, highlights 15 cars that have shaped the way Americans live.
Mar 7, 2012 — Ian Fleming's beloved flying car is back for more adventures. The British author's nieces asked children's writer Frank Cottrell Boyce to pick up where their uncle left off. Boyce took the responsibility seriously; he says he felt like he'd borrowed a "national treasure."
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Days of the Endless Corvette by Man Martin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 13, 2010 — The tiny, no-frills automobile imported from communist Yugoslavia during the 1980s is known to most Americans as the butt of many car jokes. Author Jason Vuic's book The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History reveals why it's the most famous lemon in automotive history.
Jun 4, 2009 — Humorist P.J. O'Rourke says that, as a good Republican, he blames everything on feminism and communism. For the demise of the American car, O'Rourke points the finger at feminism — and Facebook.
Jan 15, 2009 — Transportation expert Daniel Sperling estimates that the world's car population — which currently stands at 1 billion vehicles — is likely to double in the next 20 years. Sperling is the co-author (with Deborah Gordon) of Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability.
Oct 3, 2007 — In a new book, ZOOM, authors Iain Carson and Vijay Vaitheeswaran say that cars with electric engines are not so far down the road. The authors describe the quest for new cars powered by new fuels: hydrogen, electricity, biofuels and digital technology.
Aug 10, 2007 — Days of the Endless Corvette is a celebration of small-town life. Atlanta author Man Martin describes his debut novel as "a story of true love, the mystery of life, and car repair."
Aug 15, 2006 — Chris Balish is the author of the forthcoming book How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life. He talks with Renee Montagne about how to live without a car, even in Los Angeles.