The United States as we know it was born in a bar, according to a new history of drinking in America. Author Christine Sismondo says most of the major events of the Revolution were plotted in colonial taverns, the start of a grand old American tradition
Ford's rugged and roomy Crown Victoria sedan has long been a favorite of police departments and taxis fleets. But Ford has been trimming its production line and last week, the final "Vic" rolled off the assembly line. Host Audie Cornish recalls some movies in which the Crown Vic played a roll.
Will Reiser and his buddy Seth Rogen tell Audie Cornish about their new movie — a comedy about cancer, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt — explaining that the humor arises not from the illness, but from how the healthy react to the sick.
In their new book Willpower, psychologist Roy Baumeister and science writer John Tierney explore the science of self-control. Willpower is a limited resource, they say, but with practice and persistence, you can harness "the greatest human strength."
In his new book about photography, Believing Is Seeing, documentary filmmaker Errol Morris talks about what you don't see in photographs and the importance of what lies outside the frame. He says photographers have been posing photos as long as they've been taking them.
The clock is ticking and we're one week into round seven of our Three-Minute Fiction writing contest. Author Danielle Evans is our judge this time around. Entries are due at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 25.
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