In his new book Electrified Sheep, Alex Boese explores a colorful side of science, filled with bizarre experiments and eccentric scientists, like the surgeon who decided to operate on himself, and Benjamin Franklin, who gave mouth-to-beak resuscitation to a bird.
Written 50 years ago this summer, it's just been dubbed the second-most recorded pop song ever. It's been covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Amy Winehouse to the Yale Whiffenpoofs. What song is it? Here's a hint: It's Brazilian and it's about a girl.
We're asking people this summer what's on their nightstand. Author Paul Theroux, probably best known for his travel writing, gives us his summer reading pick: Rough Stone Rolling, by Richard Lyman Bushman.
Twenty years ago, a dozen basketball players were dispatched to Barcelona to represent the United States in the Olympics. The team was something the world of sports had never seen before, and probably never will again. Guest host David Greene talks with Jack McCallum about his new book on the players, Dream Team.
Saltwater taffy makes sense in a beach town. Snow cones and popsicles also seem like great summer treats. So commentator Bonny Wolf is wondering why the mainstay of so many beach and summer resort towns is the doughnut shop.
Author Jennifer Weiner's new novel draws on her experience creating and running a television show. Weiner writes bitingly about the experiences of women in Hollywood writers' rooms — and she's also very vocal about the disrespect female authors face from literary critics.
Manju are traditional Japanese dough buns, often filled with sweet bean paste, that are best eaten fresh. A Seattle native recently opened a manju bakery to replace one he remembers fondly from childhood.
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