Reuters editor Chrystia Freeland traveled the world, interviewing multimillionaires and billionaires for her new book, Plutocrats. She says there's a startling disconnect between those at the very top and the rest of us — one that has the power to transform society in unfortunate ways.
E.B. White's classic children's book is ostensibly about a spider and a pig. But author Michael Sims says the story is really about the barn the critters live in, based on a real barn on White's Maine farm.
Guest host Celeste Headlee reads an excerpt from a standout submission to our Three-Minute Fiction contest, Garage Sale Savior, by George Medicus of Stevensville, Md. George's full story can be read below and others can be found at wwww.npr.org/threeminutefiction.
The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.
The Backseat Book Club will return with Anna Sewell's novel, Black Beauty. Michele Norris will talk to author Jane Smiley who, in addition to winning a Pulitzer prize for adult literature, has written kids books starring horses.
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