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Bookend: Marie Arana On Bringing Latin America To Life

In this month's edition of Bookend, we'll meet Marie Arana, author of a new biography of Simon Bolivar.

WAMU 88.5

PostSecret Participants Divulge Secrets Large And Small

We'll meet local secret-sharers who've participated in the community mail art project, PostSecret.

WAMU 88.5

This Week On Metro Connection: Secrets

This week we'll bring you stories of things you can make, keep, or even carry to the grave: secrets.


Priest, Author And Critic Rev. Andrew Greeley Dies

He thought of himself as a priest first and foremost. But Greeley was famous for his sometimes steamy novels that also cast a critical eye at his church. Greeley was 85 and had been in poor health since suffering a brain injury in 2008.

Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Also: Don Share is named the new editor of Poetry magazine; Malcolm Gladwell hates the New York Public Library.

How OxyContin's Pain Relief Built 'A World Of Hurt'

New York Times reporter Barry Meier's new e-book explores opiate painkillers and the consequences that come with long-term use. He focuses in particular on OxyContin, how it came to be prescribed for chronic pain, what the consequences have been, and how it became a street drug.

For China's Youth, A Life Of 'Darkness Outside The Night'

In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.

Chopra Brothers: Separate Paths But Common Bond

Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra both followed in their father's footsteps and became physicians. But while one chose Western medicine, the other took a spiritual approach. Now they've teamed up for a memoir, Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream.