Martin Cruz Smith is best known for using crime fiction to expose the dark side of contemporary Russia. The author of "Gorky Park" talks with Diane about his latest novel based on the mysterious death of a real-life Russian journalist.
In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability — it was an important part of the personal narrative that helped him win the presidency.
Daniel Menaker rose through the ranks at The New Yorker to become the fiction editor, and later became editor in chief at Random House. He joins host Rachel Martin to talk about his new memior, My Mistake, which describes a childhood incident that resulted in the death of his brother.
After years of cooking and eating the same pumpkin pies, stuffing and green bean casseroles, you might be in a Thanksgiving slump. Veteran restaurant critic Patricia Wells has a few recipes — including a spicy pumpkin soup and "intense" chocolate custards — to put a French twist on the holiday.
Writer Nicholas Dawidoff spent a year living with the New York Jets and came away with a respect for players and coaches that not all fans will like. NPR's Mike Pesca says Dawidoff's new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, demystifies the game as it entrances.
The island village of Patchogue, N.Y., appears to be an all-American suburb. But in 2008, it was the site of a brutal murder that left residents struggling to reconcile deep-rooted issues of racism and hatred with the town's idyllic appearance.
Young Mark Twain, on the cusp of fame as an author, worked as a D.C. journalist for some months in 1867 and 1868. We find out how his short time in the city shaped his career and trademark satirical style, and discover shadows of Twain's D.C. in the modern District.
Author and poet Heid Erdrich writes about the food-ways of Native Americans in the Upper Midwest in the new book, Original Local. Erdrich tells guest host Celeste Headlee that "eat Local" is more than just the latest foodie trend. She explains that the practice dates back to America's earliest residents — and we're not talking about the Pilgrims.
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