Culture: Podcasts You Might Be Missing

‘Open Book with Mariella Frostrup’ and ‘The Book Show’

Even though blonde bombshell Mariella Frostrup is a Notting Hillionaire who counts Mick Jagger and George Clooney among her famous ex-conquests, she is no mere celebrity chaser.


Culture: Podcasts You Might Be Missing

‘Film Programme’ & ‘Kermode and Mayo on Film’

Hey, everybody, it’s Opposite Week! For starters, these two ’casts didn’t quite make the top 10 cut, so I’d planned to save them ’til later.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

'Writers & Company' from CBC Radio

Apologies to “Fresh Air,” which is the kind of program that first inculcated me with a love of radio, but Eleanor Wachtel makes Terry Gross sound like a journalism-school sophomore.


Book: ‘Lord of Misrule’ offers more than horse tales

Lord of Misrule
By Jaimy Gordon. McPherson & Company; 296 pgs., $25.


Culture: Podcasts You Might Be Missing

‘To the Best of Our Knowledge’ ranks among the best

Remember a few decades ago, when it was proclaimed far and wide that radio was dead? OK, certain readers might not be old enough to remember decades back.


Book: Historical detail shines in ‘Take Me Home’

Brian Leung’s second novel goes West

Take Me Home
By Brian Leung. Harper; 293 pgs., $24.99.


Book: Public Radio personality delivers unique memoir

Michele Norris presents 'The Grace of Silence'

“In the course of writing this book, I’ve had conversations that made me weep and that made me want to holler from frustration.


Book: Griftastic

Taibbi’s latest cuts to the heart of America’s decline

Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That is Breaking America


Book: Rob Sheffield revisits the comforts of the ’80s

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut


Book: School builder goes beyond ‘Tea’

Author details struggle for building schools for girls in Afghanistan

Greg Mortenson, the philanthropist who brought a personal missionary zeal to schoolbuilding in Pakistan as recounted in the bestseller “Three Cups of Tea,” is coming to