His new book, Dissident Gardens, follows three generations of an activist family, from Rose, a secular Jew and communist, to Sergius, her commune-raised grandson. The book is fiction, but its characters were inspired by Lethem's own family story.
Blitz the Ambassador grew up listening to Public Enemy in Ghana. Now he's bringing an African flavor to American hip-hop. He speaks to host Michel Martin about what his latest release, The Warm Up, says about the U.S. immigrant experience.
Sunset atMontmajour was painted in 1888. Because it was unsigned, researchers had doubted its authenticity. But now, thanks to closer examinations of the canvas, brush strokes and letters that Van Gogh wrote, experts are convinced it's the real thing.
Fans of the soap opera One Life to Live are worried their beloved show is going away for good. It left network TV last year for the Internet. A legal dispute has shut down production all together, and it might not restart.
Risking and embracing failure is part of the job for explorers and adventurers like aeronaut Salomon August Andrée. His fatal attempt at reaching the North Pole motivated others to push their own limits. The September issue of National Geographic investigates "famous failures" and why they mattered.
Sheri Fink's Five Days At Memorial, describes the horrific conditions at a New Orleans hospital shortly after Hurricane Katrina. Facing floodwaters and corporate mismanagement, some staffers euthanized sick patients. Fink's judgment of those actions is admirably — and frustratingly — nuanced.
In his third, much anticipated novel, Subtle Bodies, Rush takes the reader inside the most intimate parts of friendship. The author says his goal for this book, which took him nearly a decade to finish, was to produce his first concentrated piece of writing.
The Arsenio Hall Show ran from 1989-1994 and featured Muhammad Ali to Madonna to President Clinton blowing his sax. It was the younger, hipper version of late night talk shows. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Arsenio Hall, whose new show debuts Sept. 9.
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