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Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.
Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.
Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.
When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.
Author Douglas Coupland tells NPR's Arun Rath that he's not exactly sure how the lead character of his new novel entered his mind. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 19, 2014.)
"There's nothing scarier than the neighbors," says Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero. His latest zombie tale is a comic book set in New York City called The Empire of the Dead.
If you're looking for a cracking summer read, NPR's Madhulika Sikka says you absolutely must pick up Michael Koryta's thrill-a-minute new novel about a teenager on the run in the Montana woods.
Italian professor Joseph Luzzi's new memoir digs into the divisions in Italian society: north and south, poor and rich, and the question of his own complicated identity as an Italian American.
You may not be able to go back, as the old adage goes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t come back. As some of you know, I’m returning as editor of the Sky-Hi News to replace the editor who replaced me when I left for Glenwood Springs about 14 months ago. Now that my head has stopped spinning, I’d like to thank all of you who have given me such a warm welcome. I can’t tell you how many ways Grand County feels like home and how wonderful it is to be back. I’d also like to offer a hearty …
Last October, I hit a pothole just outside of Granby causing considerable damage to my wife’s Mini Cooper. This pothole was a big square cut in the road left over from some excavation. Erosion from weekend traffic had worn away the dirt and left a wicked edge exposed, and I hit it with enough impact to blow out both tires on the driver’s side. Reacting immediately, I slammed both eyes shut and squealed like a pre-teen. Nonetheless, my wife tells me that after a harrowing 8-second ride, we somehow landed safely by the side of the road. Happy for life, …
I was a month into my job as editor at the Sky-Hi when, having just learned I had a baby and was working full-time, someone said smugly and with a hint of judgment, “You’re really living the American dream!” It resonated with me in an uncomfortable way. I value the opportunities for women and work, but the dream varies among us. Not everyone who chooses to work full-time in the first year of having a baby is putting selfish career goals before family. For many, it’s about putting family first, rejecting that strong desire to stay home with child and …
From urban pigeons to the Adirondacks, Maureen N. McLane celebrates the intricacies of the natural world.
The hero of Alan Furst’s new espionage novel risks his life for the loyalists in the Spanish Civil War.
The Internet was hailed as a digital democracy, but has resulted in inequities and concentrations of power.