Oct 9, 2013 — Samuel Scheffler, a philosophy professor at New York University, presents a secular interpretation of life after death. In his book Death and the Afterlife, Scheffler argues that our belief that humanity will outlive us — our faith in the existence of future generations — gives meaning to our lives.
Dec 13, 2012 — Susan Stamberg presents the year's best books, picked by independent booksellers around the country. Selections range from gritty, free-verse fairy tales to ballerina photographs and a grim Southern story about a small town that would rather its ghosts remain at rest.
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.
Nov 10, 2011 — A letter found deep in archives in London has helped settle the debate over who deserves credit for what many say is the most important astronomical discovery of the 20th century: the realization that the universe is expanding.
Sep 23, 2011 — Your time, delivered through digital devices that move to nanosecond cadences, has never existed before in human history. As we rush through our overheated days we can barely recognize this new time for what it really is: an invention. And it's killing us.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, John Gregory, Viki Merrick, and Nubar Alexanian. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, Dan Gediman, John Gregory, and Viki Merrick. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Feb 26, 2006 — Married to one of the world's most famous men, Anne Morrow Lindbergh often chafed at the public attention she received. Her 1955 book Gift from the Sea, written on quiet Captiva Island, gazed inward at life, marriage and family.
Jan 29, 2005 — Architect and author Christopher Alexander recently issued the final book of his four-volume tome, The Nature of Order, In it, he attempts to define and understand the "life" and livability of structures, spaces and cities.