DONATE!

close

Books

Yiyun Li, a celebrated Chinese American author and MacArthur “Genius” fellow, has thought a lot about how depression and suicide affects a family.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

We look at Marlon James’ book “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” People are calling it the African version of “Game of Thrones.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For many students, studying abroad is an important part of the college experience. You get to know other cultures, learn a language and see the world.

Why women are more likely to study abroad than men

For many students, studying abroad is an important part of the college experience. You get to know other cultures, learn a language and see the world.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A writer of ten novels in French, Holy Lands is the first novel by Amanda Sthers to appear in English, translated by herself.

Amanda Sthers: Holy Lands

A writer of ten novels in French, Holy Lands is the first novel by Amanda Sthers to appear in English, translated by herself.

from Bookworm

Tosh Berman’s memoir,  Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World , is a depiction of culture brought into Los Angeles from the rest of the world: reinvented to be here.

Tosh Berman: Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World

Tosh Berman’s memoir,  Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World , is a depiction of culture brought into Los Angeles from the rest of the world: reinvented to be here.

from Bookworm

“Bookworm of the Month Club” is a new Press Play segment in which KCRW’s Bookworm Michael Silverblatt brings a book or two each month to share with listeners.

In ‘Hark,’ people try to make the world better, but the world refuses

“Bookworm of the Month Club” is a new Press Play segment in which KCRW’s Bookworm Michael Silverblatt brings a book or two each month to share with listeners.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Mary Ruefle reads the entirety of her glorious and gruesome essay about shrunken heads, the title essay in her book My Private Property.

Mary Ruefle: My Private Property

Mary Ruefle reads the entirety of her glorious and gruesome essay about shrunken heads, the title essay in her book My Private Property.

from Bookworm

Was it conspiracy or idiocy that led to the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to detect and prevent the 2001 terror attacks?

The Illegal CIA Operation That Brought Us 9/11

Was it conspiracy or idiocy that led to the failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to detect and prevent the 2001 terror attacks?

from Scheer Intelligence

The original and indescribable writing of Diane Williams is showcased in over three hundred dazzling new and previously published shorts fictions from six releases,   The Collected…

Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

The original and indescribable writing of Diane Williams is showcased in over three hundred dazzling new and previously published shorts fictions from six releases,   The Collected…

from Bookworm

As the host of  America’s Test Kitchen   ,  Julia Collin Davison    is one of the most well-known cooking teachers on TV today.

Julia Collin Davison on 25 years of Cook’s Illustrated

As the host of America’s Test Kitchen , Julia Collin Davison  is one of the most well-known cooking teachers on TV today.

from Good Food

Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.

Deborah Eisenberg: Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories

Again Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates herself as a masterful and electric writer, in her new collection of seven stories, Your Duck Is My Duck.

from Bookworm

Ten states, including California, have legalized marijuana. At least two more -- New Jersey and Illinois -- could soon follow.

Can smoking weed cause violent behavior? A new book says yes

Ten states, including California, have legalized marijuana. At least two more -- New Jersey and Illinois -- could soon follow.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Public radio producer Hillary Frank didn't have the childbirth experience she had planned.

Why it’s so tough to get stories on the air about health issues facing mothers

Public radio producer Hillary Frank didn't have the childbirth experience she had planned.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On average, each American produces 133 lbs. of food waste each year while 40% of food in this country goes uneaten.

Getting creative with food scraps

On average, each American produces 133 lbs. of food waste each year while 40% of food in this country goes uneaten.

from Good Food

John Wray discusses writing about the extremes of subjectivity, and breaking the reader of expectations in his new novel, Godsend.

John Wray: Godsend

John Wray discusses writing about the extremes of subjectivity, and breaking the reader of expectations in his new novel, Godsend.

from Bookworm

If you dunk a chip into a bowl of salsa, bite it, then dunk again, are you spreading your germs all over the communal dip?

Should you avoid double dipping? Truths about germs and food safety

If you dunk a chip into a bowl of salsa, bite it, then dunk again, are you spreading your germs all over the communal dip?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Written by Amy Ta, produced by Sarah Sweeney  
 It’s hard to put a finger on Los Angeles’ identity. The city is sprawling, yet constantly congested. Glamorous and gritty. Deeply…

What makes LA wonderful and horrible at the same time

Written by Amy Ta, produced by Sarah Sweeney It’s hard to put a finger on Los Angeles’ identity. The city is sprawling, yet constantly congested. Glamorous and gritty. Deeply…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall  is a Canadian journalist who traveled to 35 countries over a decade trying every hangover remedy he could find.

The historical problem of hangovers

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall is a Canadian journalist who traveled to 35 countries over a decade trying every hangover remedy he could find.

from Good Food

Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel comes at the same story from radically different angles that echo and rewrite each other.

Jeff Jackson: Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel

Jeff Jackson’s Destroy All Monsters: The Last Rock Novel comes at the same story from radically different angles that echo and rewrite each other.

from Bookworm

Written and produced by Amy Ta 
 A speeding driver cuts you off, then gets pulled over by the cops. A co-worker brags about training for a marathon, then doesn’t finish it. The…

How schadenfreude -- taking pleasure in another’s pain -- helps us bond and celebrate failures

Written and produced by Amy Ta A speeding driver cuts you off, then gets pulled over by the cops. A co-worker brags about training for a marathon, then doesn’t finish it. The…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand