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Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

In a new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.

'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.

Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.

Tourism Today: Trample, Disrupt and Destroy

When people think of potentially destructive global businesses, tourism may not come to mind. But Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, says the industry is spoiling the landscape and the economic future of many vulnerable nations.

Dilruba Ahmed: An Outsider Turns To Poetry

For National Poetry Month, Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed talks about how her heritage and her experience of being an outsider in small rural towns pushed her toward writing poetry.

Iran's Political Scene Is Sketchy For Cartoonists

Political cartoons have a long history in Iran and give voice to critics of the authoritarian regime. Lately cartoonists have been increasingly persecuted for their work. A recent book, Sketches of Iran, pairs 40 political essays with cartoons depicting life in Iran today.

'Country Girl' Edna O'Brien On A Lifetime Of Lit, Loneliness And Love

The Irish writer scandalized audiences with her 1960 novel, The Country Girls. Half a century later, she looks back on her childhood in a small village, her fame and its accessories and above all, her ceaseless drive to write.