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.
Jeff VanderMeer's new Annihilation is the first volume in a planned trilogy about the exploration of the mysterious Area X — from which no expedition has returned unscathed. If they return at all. Reviewer Jason Sheehan calls Annihilation "strange, clever, off-putting, maddening ... and altogether fantastic."