Last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing. Her new memoir, Simple Dreams, reflects on a long career. In this conversation with Fresh Air's Terry Gross, she offers frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."
Tufts University says that one of its researchers violated ethics rules while carrying out a study of genetically modified "golden rice" in China. The study showed that the rice can fight malnutrition, but researchers didn't provide enough information to the parents of the children who ate it, Tufts says.
For Latino parents, choosing what language to speak at home isn't a simple choice. And it isn't easy to find the right way to talk about concerns like child obesity with their kids. Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of Latino parents to get their advice on how they are handling these, and other, tough conversations.
Nicholson Baker's latest novel, Traveling Sprinkler, revolves around Paul Chowder, a lonely poet who's fascinated by drone warfare and Debussy. Chowder was the star of Baker's 2009 novel The Anthologist, and reviewer Heller McAlpin welcomes his reappearance — though not his political rants.
Elusive and iconic, author Thomas Pynchon may intimidate some readers, but he has a devoted following. Bleeding Edge, his new new novel, is about a spunky, Upper West Side mother and fraud investigator in the era between the dot-com boom and Sept. 11.
Author Anya Von Bremzen's new memoir, Mastering The Art of Soviet Cooking, is a tragic-comic history of a family and a nation as seen through the kitchen window. Everything we ate in the Soviet Union was grown ... by the party state," she says. "So, with the food, inevitably, you ingested the ideology."
Aspiring artist Michael Stewart died at the hands of police in the wake of an aggressive crackdown on graffiti by New York City authorities during the 1980s. His death inspired the creation of one of Jean-Michel Basquiat's best-known drawings.
When most people think "NBA," they think of the National Basketball Association. This year, in an attempt to maximize coverage, the National Book Foundation is releasing "long lists" of NBA nominees in different genre categories, one day at a time for a week.
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