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Black Legal Giants Struggled With Role, Identity

The Supreme Court has made major decisions, from rulings on the President's signature health care law, to historic civil rights law. In the book, Representing the Race, Harvard Law Professor Kenneth Mack looks at African-American legal giants like Thurgood Marshall and their struggle with identity. He speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado.
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Readers' Review: "Possession: A Romance" by A.S. Byatt

Join Diane and her guests for our July Readers’ Review as they discuss a story of wit and romance. A pair of scholars reconstruct the secret affair of two Victorian poets through their poems and letters. One review described "Possession" by A.S. Byatt as “a nearly perfect novel."


Why Flying Is No Fun (And May Be More Dangerous)

Airline veteran and writer William McGee says airlines' aggressive cost-cutting hasn't just added fees and hassles. He says they're taking steps that compromise safety — and regulators are letting it happen.

Grieving Widow Turns To Making Pie As Therapy

One day, Beth Howard got a phone call everyone dreads — she learned her husband passed away. Overwhelmed by grief and regret, she decided she needed something sweet in her life, so she began traveling the country, sampling and making pies. Howard speaks with guest host Viviana Hurtado about her book, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Pie.
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Kids And Young Adult Summer Reading

We get the scoop on books that will keep kids and teens turning pages all summer long.


Ephron: From 'Silkwood' To 'Sally,' A Singular Voice

Nominated for multiple Oscars, the director and screenwriter gave us two of the most indelible scenes in contemporary cinema — and they're startlingly different.

Nora Ephron, Filmmaker, Author, Dies

The celebrated author and filmmaker behind such hits as Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally died in New York of pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukemia, her son Jacob Bernstein told The New York Times. Ephron was 71.

Colum McCann Links Communities With Storytelling

When Colum McCann came to the U.S. from Ireland in the early 1980s, he set out on a cross-country bicycle trip to get to know his new country and its stories. He's spent the years since telling those tales through prose. With his Story Swap project, McCann is helping diverse communities better understand each other by sharing their own stories.