Author Interviews

6:52am

Sun August 26, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

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Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.
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After 12 years writing a column on ethics, Randy Cohen is convinced ethics is not a moving target, unique to time or place.

"I believe there are a set of principles that are so profound and so essentially moral that if I were just slightly smarter and slightly more eloquent, I could travel everywhere and persuade everyone that they should apply," he tells Weekend Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer.

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3:02pm

Sun August 19, 2012
Author Interviews

Long After Katrina, New Orleans Fights For 'Home'

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 4:20 pm

Alex Brandon

In just a few weeks, we will mark the seventh anniversary of one of the country's deadliest hurricanes. New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the devastating damage and loss of life caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita — the storm that would follow.

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9:22am

Sun August 19, 2012
Author Interviews

The 'State Of England' Is Grim In 'Lionel Asbo'

Originally published on Sun August 19, 2012 12:41 pm

Martin Amis is the author of London Fields, Time's Arrow and The Rachel Papers.
Isabel Fonseca

Martin Amis' latest novel is his 15th work of fiction. His books are comical, raunchy, full of flashy language and a sense of something new being done. And in Lionel Asbo: State of England, the titular Lionel is vicious, violent and very funny.

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3:01pm

Sat August 18, 2012
Author Interviews

Soccer Star Hope Solo On Loving Lost Parents

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 11:46 am

Goalkeeper Hope Solo competes against China in Chester, Penn., on May 27. Solo took a gold medal home from this summer's London Games.
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Hope Solo is generally regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. Fresh off winning her third-straight Olympic gold medal with the U.S. national team, Solo has been as busy off the field as on it, releasing an autobiography titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope.

The memoir details her rise as an international celebrity, but it also focuses on the complicated relationship she had with her father, who taught her to play soccer.

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11:57am

Sat August 18, 2012
Author Interviews

3 Celebrity Friendships That Weren't Meant To Be

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 9:32 am

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon prepare to take off for a U.S. tour on Aug. 13, 1965. Fourteen days later, they'd find themselves in a much-anticipated but very awkward meeting with Elvis Presley.
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Years ago, when NPR's Susan Stamberg was working for the wife of an American ambassador in New Delhi, she answered the door to the ambassador's home to find the maharajah of Jaipur standing outside.

"Your highness," she said, "what gorgeous pearls you're wearing."

"Oh, thank you," the maharaja replied. "On Tuesdays I wear pearls; on Wednesdays it's emeralds; Thursday, rubies."

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