RSS Feed

From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

A new book looks at words that self-appointed linguistic police have declared contraband, like "lunch," which should be a verb, and "balding," a participle formed from an adjective instead of a verb.

Book Review: 'The Director' and 'Night Heron'

Alan Cheuse reviews two new spy novels: David Igantius' The Director and Adam Brookes' Night Heron.

Diverse Summer Reading Picks For Kids

School is ending, so what can parents do to keep their kids reading this summer? Our parenting guests share book recommendations for young readers, with a focus on Latino writers and characters.
WAMU 88.5

Proof: The Science of Booze

Kojo explores the finicky world of booze making and the science behind our favorite cocktails.


'The Director' Offers A Glimpse Into The Digital Underground

Veteran reporter David Ignatius' new novel explores the sometimes dangerous intersection between hacker culture and the world of intelligence — and offers a prescription for a new kind of agency.

'How Not To Be Wrong' In Math Class? Add A Dose Of Skepticism

Professor Jordan Ellenberg gives students points for recognizing when they get a wrong answer, even if they can't figure out why. In his new book, he writes that good math is about good reasoning.

Amazon's Pricing Dispute Sets Book Expo Buzzing

The dispute between retail giant Amazon and publisher Hachette was big news at Book Expo America. Writers, publishers and agents are wondering what the rift could mean for the future of books.

'Drunk Mom' Tackles New Motherhood And Old Addictions

The title of Jowita Bydlowska's memoir Drunk Mom pulls no punches. She tells Michel Martin about her struggles with motherhood and addiction.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign Comes To Inaugural BookCon

BookCon planners knew the event would be filled with panels, author stalking and autograph opps for the Twitter set. What they didn't anticipate was a firestorm over their all-white lineup.

'Remember Me Like This': A Family Rebuilds In Tragedy's Aftermath

Bret Anthony Johnston's novel starts with a boy being found years after he had been kidnapped. Johnston wanted to explore the question, "How do you relate to each other after the worst has happened?"