Firefighter Ken Haskell was off duty on Sept. 11, 2001, when his two brothers, also firefighters, died in the World Trade Center. Haskell's story of searching the rubble for his brothers' bodies is included in A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends.
In his new book, the New York Times columnist explores how the U.S. fell from industrial, political and academic glory after the Cold War. "Just when we needed to be lacing up our shoes and running faster, we put our feet up," he says.
The sound of the sea, the smell of rain — what makes Ireland such a magical place? Maybe its writers like Claire Keegan who tease the nuance and grace out of everyday interactions. Author Keith Donohue says each of Keegan's stories is a morsel worth savoring.
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo served as a high-ranking black woman at the Environmental Protection Agency. She faced racism and sexism, then dealt with retaliation when calling out the EPA's failure to fulfill commitments made overseas. She speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about her new book No Fear. This conversation contains sensitive content that may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Washington Post national security reporter Dana Priest's book Top Secret America looks at the top-secret intelligence and counterterrorism network created after September 11. "No one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, [or] how many programs exist within it," she says.
Sebastian Rotella, a journalist who wrote Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, has himself now crossed over into the realm of fiction. In his novel Triple Crossing, he dramatizes the devastating story of drug trafficking and government corruption along our southern border.
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