Politics and culture
Jun 11, 2012 — Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
Apr 28, 2009 — Public intellectual George Scialabba contemplates the role of great — and not so great — thinkers in his new collection of essays, What Are Intellectuals Good For? Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "a pleasure to read."
Jan 24, 2007 — Family members often share values and politics — but not always. For some, the nation's political divide is deeply personal. Brian Mann comes from one such family. He describes how he and his brother have agreed to try to bridge the gap.
Jun 21, 2006 — British writer Christopher Hitchens was once the literary lion of the left. But after Sept. 11, 2001, he surprised many with his robust support for the Bush administration's war on terrorism. It has cost Hitchens friends and allies, and left others wondering how it happened.
Oct 11, 2005 — Sergio Luzzatto, author of The Body of Il Duce: Mussolini's Corpse and the Fortunes of Italy, describes how Benito Mussolini's body has been beaten, buried, exhumed, stolen, hidden and turned into a shrine by his followers. He says the struggle over the remains reflects Italy's struggle to become a republic and leave fascism behind.
Aug 10, 2005 — As next year's mid-term elections approach, the Republican Party is trying to appeal to ever-larger numbers of African Americans. Party leaders believe many black voters side with them on values issues like the state of the family, homosexuality and abortion. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) talks about these and other issues in his new book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good.
Aug 4, 2005 — Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is one of the Republican Party's strongest and most conservative voices. He talks about his new book, It Takes a Family, where he discusses the politics of intelligent design, and what he'd like to hear from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.
Dec 14, 2004 — It's not easy to place author and polemicist Christopher Hitchens into a particular ideological camp. The man who accuses former Secretary of State Henry Kissenger of war crimes is himself considered a "hawk" to many on the left. Hitchens joins NPR's Tavis Smiley to discuss his latest book, Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays.
Oct 27, 2004 — NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates discusses the new book Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America with its co-author, Samuel Abrams. Abrams argues that the "red vs. blue" cultural divide repeated by American media is inaccurate shorthand, and that Americans agree more than disagree about many important issues.