Washington Monthly released its annual college rankings this week, and black and women's colleges are ranked next to Ivy Leagues. That's because on this list, colleges score more points for promoting volunteer work and admitting more students with Pell Grants. Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington Monthly Editor-in-Chief Paul Glastris about what he believes is wrong with how popular ranking lists work now, and what students and parents should look for in a college or university.
Dan Brown, author of the blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, is back with his first novel in four years. Inferno follows academic hero Robert Langdon on a chase through Italy as he attempts to avert a biological catastrophe.
Designer Katie Shelly's upcoming cookbook offers 50 illustrated recipe "blueprints" for basic meals — from simple snacks to more hefty dishes like eggplant Parmesan. She hopes they'll inspire any level of cook to improvise in the kitchen.
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