RSS Feed

Infiltrating 'The Dark Net,' Where Criminals, Trolls And Extremists Reign

Jamie Bartlett exposes an encrypted underworld to the Internet in his book The Dark Net: "Anybody with something to hide, whether it's for good reasons or for ill, finds a very natural home there."
WAMU 88.5

What’s So Great About Book Clubs, Anyway?

The latest from WAMU 88.5 staffers Tayla Burney, Jonanthan Wilson and Chris Chester, who are participating in the NPR Morning Edition book club project for Kate Atkinson's A God In Ruins.


A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone World In 'Muse'

Poet and publisher Jonathan Galassi knows just about everyone in his industry, and a lot of them turn up in his debut novel, Muse. Lynn Neary talks to Galassi about the writing (and publishing) life.

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.

In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

Diets will rarely lead to significant or sustainable weight loss, Traci Mann argues in a new book. Instead, she suggests trying proven mental strategies for reaching your "leanest, livable weight."

Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

A central misunderstanding, Greg Toppo writes, is that video game-based learning is somehow "easier." Often, he says, it's hard work, but students love the challenge.

Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

In her new book, social researcher Wednesday Martin examines the sometimes puzzling culture of motherhood in that most exotic of locales — Manhattan's Upper East Side.

When Art Imitates Life: Veteran CIA Officer Writes Second Spy Novel

They say write what you know. For retired CIA officer Jason Matthews, it's spying. He talks to NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new thriller, Palace of Treason, inspired by his clandestine career.

Novel's Main Character Has Four Strings And Lots Of Glamour

A Stradivarius cello is at the center of Elena Delbanco's new novel, The Silver Swan. Delbanco dicusses how the book echoes her own childhood, as the daughter of a renowned cellist.

North Korean Defector Reflects On Life 'Under The Same Sky'

In his new memoir, Joseph Kim tells the harrowing tale of his journey from being homeless on the streets of North Korea to a college student in America.