Kiese Laymon is now a university English professor. But his path to the halls of Vassar College was marred by the reality and threat of gun violence. Host Michel Martin talks with Laymon about some of the hard-won wisdom he shares in his essay, "How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: A Remembrance."
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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