Nov 23, 2013 — When the earthquake strikes — the big one that Californians have been warned about — Shy finds himself on a cruise ship serving towels to the wealthy patrons. But he's not out of harm's way. Matt de la Pena discusses his new novel, The Living, with NPR's Scott Simon.
Nov 11, 2013 — Young adult fiction writer Matt de la Peņa didn't finish reading a novel until he was in college. In his Mexican-American family, men who read books were seen as "soft." But he discovered his passion in literature, which he now shares with his young readers and family.
Aug 16, 2013 — In Brain on Fire, appearing at No. 9, Susannah Cahalan looks back on her battle with a rare disease.
Aug 5, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, David Randall examines the science of sleep, and Susannah Cahalan falls prey to a mysterious disease. In fiction, Claire Vaye Watkins explores the American West, and Ivan Doig looks at a single dad whose world is upended.
Apr 22, 2013 — Animals and humans have a lot in common, including some of the health problems that plague them. In her book Zoobiquity, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz explores how studying animal illness — from cancer to sexual dysfunction — can help us better understand human health.
Oct 22, 2012 — Novelist Jodi Picoult explores life and death, while oncologist David Agus models new health practices, virologist Nathan Wolfe tracks emerging diseases, Dava Sobel reflects on Copernicus, and Charles Shields looks at novelist Kurt Vonnegut.
Jun 12, 2012 — A new book called Zoobiquity explores the diseases that humans and animals have in common. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers explain how fainting fish, obese dragonflies, depressed gorillas and monkeys with heart failure can help inform human health.
Sep 8, 2009 — When coping with cancer, sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Kairol Rosenthal and Iva Skoch explain the phenomenon of "cancertainment."
May 22, 2008 — News spread quickly on Tuesday when doctors announced that Senator Ted Kennedy had a malignant brain tumor. Guests and callers discuss the difficult decisions public figures and their families must make when faced with serious health problems.