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'Dark Days': Retracing The Steps Of A Heavy Metal Tragedy

When a stage diver died after a Lamb of God concert, singer D. Randall Blythe was arrested for manslaughter. In his memoir, Blythe unpacks the incident — and why he returned to Europe to stand trial.

'The Stuff Was Company': One Man Cleans Up His 'Mess'

NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the plight of hoarders with Barry Yourgrau, author of a new memoir, Mess: One Man's Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act.

Novel Highlights The Shocks Facing First-Generation College Students

Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, was inspired by her experiences as the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first person in her family to attend college.

Beverly Jenkins Wraps Bitter History In Sweet Romance

Beverly Jenkins writes historical romances — about free black towns, lawmen and cowboys and Civil War vets. She says her mission is to illuminate the parts of black history you don't learn in school.

The Weatherman Who Couldn't Foresee The Storm

Al Roker's new book digs deep into the Gulf Hurricane of 1900, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Roker about Isaac Cline, the weatherman who got it wrong.

'Blood Will Out' Reveals Secrets Of A Murderous Master Manipulator

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. Originally broadcast March 10, 2014.
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The History Of Polio In The U.S. And Efforts To Eradicate The Disease Globally

In the 1950s, the polio virus afflicted tens of thousands of Americans a year. It caused crippling paralysis and sometimes death. We look at the history of polio and the ongoing battle to eradicate the disease around the world.


The Bonds Of Friendship Stay Strong In 'Stranger'

Newbery Medal-winning author Rebecca Stead says her latest, Goodbye Stranger, is about love and how it helps a trio of seventh-grade girls stay friends through the challenges of middle school.

Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

In her new book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

A quarter-century ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.