Contrary to what you might see on TV, homicide, assault and rapes have decreased in big cities since the 1970s. Patrick Sharkey attributes the change, in part, to something that happened in the ’90s. (Image credit: )
Take a pinch of Hitchcock, a bit of Gone Girl, stir in a mysterious author and you’ve got the recipe for something unusual: One of the rare debut novels to hit number one its first week on the market. (Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)
Denis Johnson finished his first story collection in 25 years just before he died. The pieces in it are stunning, dark, sometimes as bleak as anything he’s ever written — but miraculous to read. (Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)
In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in the hope that they would help end the Vietnam War. His story is portrayed in the new film The Post. Originally broadcast Dec. 4, 2017.
History hasn’t been kind to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who tried to head off war by appeasing Adolf Hitler. But Robert Harris’ new novel Munich asks readers to reconsider Chamberlain. (Image credit: )
Christian Picciolini spent eight years as a member of a violent, white power skinhead group. He eventually withdrew and co-founded a nonprofit to help extremists disengage. (Image credit: Dennis Sevilla/Hachette Book Group)