Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In FullBody Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book I Hate Everyone, Starting with Me details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.
Abraham Lincoln famously put together a "team of rivals" for his Cabinet after the 1860 presidential election. And when Barack Obama stepped into the presidency in 2008, he vowed to do the same. But has his Cabinet really lived up to that? Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair's national editor, offers his insight.
James Bond stands for action and adventure, but perhaps even more, he's stood for style. A tailor in London is now re-creating some of the dapper suits that Sean Connery made famous in early Bond films. David Mason, the director of Anthony Sinclair, Ltd., discusses the effort.
Neil Young talks about his newest album Americana. And Tom Philpott, who covers food and the agricultural industry for Mother Jones, joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging discussion about health and other issues affecting the meat industry.
This week, the Library of Congress announced that Natasha Trethewey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Native Guard, will be the next poet laureate of the United States. Trethewey, a native of Mississippi, is the first Southern poet laureate since 1986.
"I'm never going to go to Mars but I've helped inspire ... the people who built the rockets and sent our photographic equipment off to Mars," Bradbury told Terry Gross in 1988. The science-fiction writer died Tuesday at the age of 91.
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