In a new book, aviation consultant Mark Gerchick writes that "the magic of air travel has morphed into an uncomfortable, crowded and utterly soulless ordeal." He talks about how it's gotten so bad, why there are so many hidden fees and if there actually is less leg room than there used to be.
Is it possible that pasta originated in China and traveled west to Italy? Author Jen Lin-Liu travels the historic Silk Road from Beijing to Rome tracing the evolution of pasta and sampling the offerings along the way.
"Americanah" is a novel that unfolds across three continents, raising questions about identity everywhere it goes. We talk with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about her latest work, her popular TED talks and her place in the world of literature.
Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.
Beverly Donofrio is known for her popular memoir Riding in Cars with Boys, where she wrote about her experience as a teen mom. Now she's out with a new memoir about a life-changing incident in her mid-fifties — she woke up one night to a rapist in her bed. The book is titled Astonished: A Story of Evil, Blessings, Grace and Solace. Beverly Donofrio joins host Michel Martin for a Behind Closed Doors conversation.
Renee Montagne talks to China scholars Orville Schell and John DeLury about their new book, Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century. It examines the roots of China's recent economic development boom.
When the Pilgrim family first arrived in Alaska, they looked to be from another century. They didn't use calendar months, they called their father "Lord," and they knew how to live in the wild. But, as Tom Kizzia writes in Pilgrim's Wilderness, that rugged facade helped conceal a history of abuse.
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