Author Interviews

12:50am

Fri May 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Deford: How Sportswriting Has Changed 'Over Time'

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 5:10 am

Atlantic Monthly Press

NPR listeners normally hear from sports commentator Frank Deford for three minutes at a time Wednesday mornings, as he opines on the latest follies of the sporting world. But Deford fans have been getting to hear the veteran sportswriter at greater length lately. He's on a book tour for his new memoir, Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter. When Deford stopped in Washington, D.C., NPR's Steve Inskeep had the chance to interview him in front of a lively crowd.

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2:21pm

Thu May 10, 2012
Author Interviews

'Freeman': A Liberated Slave In Search Of Family

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 8:50 pm

A new novel from writer Leonard Pitts Jr. jolts you back to the chaos of post-Civil War America. At a time when families of slaves were freed — but not necessarily together.

In hope of reuniting with their families, some freed slaves placed classified ads in newspapers:

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9:44am

Wed May 9, 2012
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Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 11:54 am

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the author of three books on Islam, including What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a leading moderate Muslim leader in the U.S., was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In late 2010, a debate over the location of the community center, now called the Cordoba House, became a contentious issue during the midterm elections.

During the debate, Rauf was called a "radical Muslim" and a "militant Islamist" by critics of the proposed community center. He was accused of sympathizing with the Sept. 11 hijackers and having connections to Hamas.

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12:49am

Mon May 7, 2012
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'Drift': Rachel Maddow On Why We Go To War

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 10:34 am

Courtesy MSNBC

In past wars, the U.S. practically dismantled its military after the troops came home. But today, says MSNBC News anchor and writer Rachel Maddow, we find ourselves in a state of almost permanent war.

In her new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, Maddow invokes Thomas Jefferson, pointing out that one of Jefferson's main concerns was the danger of having a large military.

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4:00pm

Sun May 6, 2012
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'Teachers Make' A Difference, What About You?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:45 am

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Teaching, once a revered profession, has of late been much maligned. Teachers are accused of laziness and greed. They're blamed for low test scores, and a general decline in the nation's educational standing. Most people believe their work day is short and their vacations are long. But teachers also have their defenders — perhaps none so passionate as Taylor Mali.

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