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


Book: Franzen finds ‘Freedom’ with new novel

By Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 562 pgs., $28.


Book: Matthew Zapruder leads poetry’s resurgence

A poet for our generation

Come on All You Ghosts
By Matthew Zapruder. Copper Canyon Press; 111 pgs., $16.


Book: Blame meat for heat

‘Diet for a Hot Planet’ gives tips for a climate-friendly diet

Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It


Book: Irish crime novel a gripping read

Tana French's "Faithful Place"

Faithful Place
By Tana French. Viking Press; 416 pgs., $25.95.