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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Originally broadcast April 20, 2015.

The Audacious Korean-American Chef Who Mastered 'Mission Chinese Food'

Born in South Korea, raised in Oklahoma, Danny Bowien was an adult when he taught himself to make Chinese food. That DIY vibe to his cooking has made him a rising star. Now he's written a cookbook.
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Tessa Hadley: "The Past"

British author Tessa Hadley's new novel "The Past" -- about a family gathering for a three-week holiday in their late grandparents' home -- is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. The author and frequent New Yorker contributor joins guest host Susan Page to discuss the new book, and why it took decades to publish her first novel and hit her stride as a writer.


When 'Your Heart Is A Muscle,' Empathy Is A Revolutionary Act

Writer Sunil Yapa says his father taught him to have a global perspective from a very young age. Yapa's new novel was inspired by explosive global trade protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.

Francisco Alarcon, Whose Poetry Explored Chicano Life In The U.S., Dies

Francisco Alarcon was an important Mexican-American poet who influenced generations of Chicano writers, including the current U.S. poet laureate. Alarcon died of cancer last week.

Today's Slaves Often Work For Enterprises That Destroy The Environment

Kevin Bales' book, Blood and Earth, explains why slavery in the world's lawless zones is essential to operate mines that pose a grave threat to the environment.

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.

'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise

Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, says the Kochs didn't grow up in "the usual cozy, all-American family." Their parents were away much of the time, and competition between the brothers was fierce.

Childhood Resentments Mix With Tragedy In 'The Past'

Four adult siblings agree to spend one final summer vacation together in Tessa Hadley's new novel. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan says The Past is "as disturbing as it is diverting."

'Dark Money': Koch Brothers' Donations Push Their Political Agenda

Steve Inskeep talks to author Jane Mayer about her new book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.