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Bad is the New Good

In his new book, Everything Bad is Good For You, Steven Johnson argues that many of our guilty pleasures, like primetime TV and video games may actually be enhancing our cognitive abilities — NOT making us dumber or slower. Kurt asks Steven how media junkfood, might really be nutritious.

There’s No Place Like Home

Vampire Chronicles

360 Book Club: The Tale of Genji

Introducing Nikola Tesla

Write What You Know

July Update: The process for this month’s story was: use some of the work I actually do for a change, and some of the experiences I have had as a mom and write something short. I had …

Patricia Marx Wants You to Be Less Stupid

Everyone worries about getting dotty as they age. But Patricia Marx actually did something about it — having her brain zapped, learning a language, and practicing the piano all day.

“Naked Came the Stranger”: An Oral History

How “Penelope Ashe” pulled off the biggest literary caper of the century.  

Angie Thomas and TLC

Bestselling Young Adult author Angie Thomas on how the late TLC performer Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes spoke to her at a very troubling point in her life.

Image from the cover of “Naked Came the Stranger”

‘Naked Came the Stranger’: An oral history

How “Penelope Ashe” pulled off the biggest literary caper of the century.