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Monday, March 17, 2014 | 11:00 AM
Novelist and National Book Award-winning Alice McDermott. (Jamie Schoenberger / Epic Photography)

On St. Patrick ‘s Day, remembering and living with beloved Irish-American writer Alice McDermott.

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Monday, November 25, 2013 | 11:00 AM
A image from the first volume of the "Sandman" series, written by Neil Gaiman. (Courtesy Vertigo/DC Entertainment   )

Norman Mailer called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” Best-selling author Neil Gaiman joins us with his dark, new series on the origins of “The Sandman.”

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Friday, September 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM
Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood is out with a new novel in her dystopian trilogy about a future world gone wrong. (Jean Malek)

Novelist Margaret Atwood is back with her end of the world trilogy and a new human race.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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We speak with Alexander McCall Smith, author of the “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series, about his novel “La’s Orchestra Saves the World.”

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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The life and times of one-of-a-kind children’s writer Roald Dahl. He gave us “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” A new biography gives us his life.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Director Guillermo del Toro (WBUR's Jesse Costa)

Super-hot director Guillermo del Toro made his movie name with “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Now, he’s writing about vampires. He joins us.

 
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Courtesy of WilliamGibsonBooks.com

We talk with sci-fi visionary and cyberpunk godfather William Gibson about his new novel, “Zero History” –and about what happens when the future is now.

 
Monday, August 23, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Jack London, 1916.  From the Bancroft Library Portrait Collection.

We look at a new biography of “The Call of the Wild” author, Jack London.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
George Dawes Green

George Dawes Green, bestselling novelist and founder of “The Moth,” a nonprofit storytelling club dedicated to the art of the raconteur.

 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Writer Yiyun Li. (Credit: YiyunLi.com)

The New Yorker names its top fiction writers under 40. Three talk to us.

 
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Apr 24, 2014
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans. (AP)

California as Exhibit A for what happens when a state bans affirmative action in college admissions. We’ll look at race, college and California.

Apr 24, 2014
A Buddhist monk lights the funeral pyre of Nepalese mountaineer Ang Kaji Sherpa, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, during his funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014.  (AP)

A Sherpa boycott on Everest after a deadly avalanche. We’ll look at climbing, culture, life, death and money at the top of the world.

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Apr 23, 2014
Attendees of the 2013 Argentina International Coaching Federation meet for networking and coaching training. (ICF)

The booming business of life coaches. Everybody seems to have one these days. Therapists are feeling the pinch. We look at the life coach craze.

 
Apr 23, 2014
In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, Inc., shows a tablet displaying his company's technology, in New York. Aereo is one of several startups created to deliver traditional media over the Internet without licensing agreements. (AP)

The Supreme Court looks at Aereo, the little startup that could cut your cable cord and up-end TV as we’ve known it. We look at the battle. Plus: a state ban on affirmative action in college admissions is upheld. We’ll examine the implications.

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The Week In Seven Soundbites: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Holy week with an unholy shooter. South Koreans scramble to save hundreds. Putin plays to the crowd in questioning. Seven days gave us seven sounds.

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Our Week In The Web: April 18, 2014
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Space moon oceans, Gabriel García Márquez and the problems with depressing weeks in the news. Also: important / unnecessary infographics that help explain everyone’s favorite 1980′s power ballad.

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Some Tools And Tricks For College Financial Aid
Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Some helpful links and tools for navigating FAFSA and other college financial aid tools.

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