In Taiye Selasi's debut novel, members of the Sai family have trouble assimilating both in the United States and while in Ghana for the patriarch's funeral. Host Michel Martin speaks with Selasi about her novel and the immigrant experience.
"Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!" Philosophy professor William Irvine's new book, A Slap in the Face, is a compendium of insults — and a scholarly look at why we're constantly compelled to one-up each other.
World War II is often thought of as a good and just war — a war the U.S. had to fight. But the decision wasn't that simple. Public debate was heated between interventionism, which President Roosevelt supported, and isolationism, which aviator Charles Lindbergh became an unofficial spokesman for.
For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.
Henrietta Lacks was an African American tobacco farmer and mother of five. She died in 1951, but her cells were kept and studied by scientists without the knowledge of her family. The cells have been genetically sequenced once again without consent. Renee Montagne talks to Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about an Op-Ed she wrote in Sunday's New York Times examining this development.
In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff cautions against living in the perennial, virtual now. "It's very hard for us to orient ourselves," he says, "to look forward to things, to join movements with goals, to invest in the future."
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