As an acoustic engineer, Trevor Cox has spent most of his career getting rid of bizarre, unwanted sounds. But in The Sound Book, Cox turns up the volume on those sonic oddities. The book explores weird echoes and unexpected noises from around the globe — including "whisper galleries" and a chirping pyramid.
For 44 years, British author Penelope Lively has been publishing children's books, short stories and novels. Her latest book, Dancing Fish and Ammonites, is subtitled, "A Memoir," but critic Ellah Allfrey says it is "more a collection of thoughts, a scattering of advice and a reading list to treasure."
Skipping a meal triggers the munchies in a similar way that marijuana does, a study in mice finds. And it works, at least in rodents, by boosting the sense of smell. Receptors in the brain that get activated when the animals are stoned also light up after they've been fasting.
Kayla Williams and Brian McGough met in Iraq, in 2003, when they were serving in the 101st Airborne Division. Williams' new memoir Plenty of Time When We Get Home, describes their homecoming, after McGough sustained physical and cognitive injuries during an IED explosion.
In the years after World War II, Eliot Elisofon traveled from Capetown to Cairo in a mobile photography studio. The pictures he took for Life magazine helped reshape Americans' understanding of the continent. Susan Stamberg takes a look at an exhibit of Elisofon's photos, currently on display at the Museum of African Art in DC.
At $1.4 billion, romance is by far the biggest sector of the publishing industry. Harper's editor Jesse Barron looked into the business of romance and its peculiarities for this month's issue. He says the key is copying the elements that made other authors successful — down to the cover model's pose.
Laboe, a radio icon in Los Angeles, built a broadcasting career as one of the first DJs to play rock 'n' roll and to take requests live on the air. At 88 years old, he's still drawing listeners in, six nights a week, playing the "Oldies But Goodies" that made him famous.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Deborah Norville's big break came when she was a senior at the University of Georgia, working as a part-time reporter for a local news station in Atlanta. Norville's live TV interview with then-President Jimmy Carter set off her successful career.
British graphic designer Nick Hudson bicycled 500 miles along the Hudson River valley, striking up conversations with local artists and craftspeople as he went. Those stories — from maple syrup producers, sculptors, boat restorers and more — have been collected in a new book, Conversations on the Hudson.
Writer and comedian Hari Kondabolu speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about India being excluded from the Olympics, a controversial Coke commercial, and comments from Sen. Pat Roberts from Kansas during the confirmation hearings for surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.