Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the <em>New York Times</em>. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.
MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."
Obama Renews Pledge To Keep Combat Forces Out Of Iraq, Syria President Obama's remarks came as Congress votes to approve more military trainers in the region to aide the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.
The Rise And Fall Of The Fade-Out A slow fade, rather than a hard stop, used to be the popular way to end a pop song. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with <em>Slate </em>reporter William Weir about the fade-out's history and recent decline.
Multispectral Imaging Could Reveal Secrets Of Martellus Map A team of researchers are using multispectral imaging to uncover hidden text on a 1491 Martellus map, one of the most important maps in history. Lead researcher Chet Van Duzer thinks the discoveries will allow historians and scholars to see just how the map influenced cartography in its time.
Iran Foreign Minister: Any Deal With Iran Better Than Nothing Robert Siegel talks with Steve Inskeep about the <em>Morning Edition</em> host's recent interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Zarif said Iran is "ready" to make a deal with the U.S. about its nuclear program, and that "any deal with Iran would be better than nothing."
MacArthur Grantee Recognized For Advocacy Of Domestic Workers Among the scientists, artists and academics awarded this year's MacArthur grants is labor organizer Ai-jen Poo. Poo was recognized for her advocacy of domestic workers: housekeepers, nannies and other caregivers who are often underpaid and not protected by labor law. Robert Siegel talks with her about her work.
On Scotland's Referendum, Poor Lean Toward Indpendence London-based pollster Martin Boon tells Robert Siegel that in Scotland's upcoming referendum, the poor regions of cities are leaning toward independence while the elite are in favor of maintaining ties to England.
Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.