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Jul 24, 2014 — Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.
Jul 23, 2014 — Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.
Jul 22, 2014 — Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
Jul 22, 2014 — Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.
Jul 21, 2014 — Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

People: Sandra Steingraber, Author of Living Downstream

David Sommerstein talks with biologist and author Sandra Steingraber. She's spent more than two decades linking rising cancer rates to pollution in our air, our water, and our food. In 1959, the year Sandra Steingraber was born, 25 percent of all Americans could expect to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes. Today that number's risen to 40 percent.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen

Guest Gary Paulsen is one of the most popular writers for the young adult audience. In this recent work about his entry into the most challenging dog sled race, he tells a tale that will appeal to readers of all ages. Paulsen admits his ignorance about the challenges of this sport, his determination to run the race no matter what, and the hardships he encounters in the process. And, it's a belly-laugh motherlode all along the way.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Medicine River by Thomas King

As tonight's guest author Thomas King puts it, "tragedy is the topic, comedy is the strategy." This is a tale of Native America--laugh-out-loud funny, as well as "precise and elegant" as the New York Times reviewer wrote. Tom King is one of the most important humorous literary voices on the American landscape, and writes compellingly about life as an Indian in the day-to-day world of the late 20th and current century.  Go to full article

People: Mike Coffey?On Poetry and Language

Our literacy series continues as poet Michael Coffey reads his poem "Marie" and talks about language. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Challenging the Assumption "Growth is Good"

It's generally accepted that economic growth is good. David Sommerstein talks with a biologist who challenges that notion: Brian Czech, author of Shoveling Fuel for a...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel by Paul Lussier

Guest: Paul Lussier. Last Refuge of Scoundrels: A Revolutionary Novel is a new work of fiction described as "an audacious tale of the American Revolution from the...  Go to full article

Living North Country: A Talk with the Editors

Martha Foley talks with editors Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer about their new book, Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscape in Northern New York.  Go to full article

Look Under Guys, Sensitive, New Age

Martha Foley talks with SLU Gender Studies professor Joel Morton and Peter E. Murphy, author of the book Studs, Tools and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By.  Go to full article

Redaers & Writers: Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor, Michael J. Rosen, editor

This is the best and most comprehensive sample of contemporary humorous writing. Guest Michael Rosen has included well-known as well as emerging voices--but all are at the...  Go to full article

Authors: Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village

Martha Foley talks with Stephen Doheny-Farina, author of The Grid and the Village, about losing electricity, finding community and surviving disaster. His book is a...  Go to full article

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