Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
In his new book, How to Cook Everything: The Basics, Mark Bittman explains with careful instructions and 1,000 colorful photos how to stock your pantry, how to dice vegetables, which knives you should buy — and to really get back to basics — how to boil water. Originally broadcast March 19, 2012.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is perhaps best known for his research tracing the family and genetic history of famous African Americans. A selection of his writings on race, politics and culture appear in The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Reader. Originally broadcast May 8, 2012.
This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of William Faulkner's death. His novel The Reivers was the coming-of-age story that author Ralph Eubanks needed to rocket him into his teenage years and on to adulthood. What is your favorite coming-of-age story? Tell us in the comments below.
Daniel Smith suffers from the kind of debilitating anxiety that brings on panic attacks, bouts of insomnia, and thoughts about "existential ruin." In his new memoir Monkey Mind, Smith documents his experience coping with the disorder and how the condition has affected his relationships.
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