How did someone who didn't learn to read until he was 11 years old come to be a professional poet? The man who poses this question is also the one who can answer it. Host Audie Cornish talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Phil Shultz about his new memoir, My Dyslexia.
Several listeners wrote about host Audie Cornish's conversation with author John Tierney on his book, Willpower, last week. Many said they found the background noise of the piece to be distracting, so we've welcomed Tierney back to go over some of the more salient points of his book.
There are dramatic lives — and then there's the life of Mike Danton. Sports fans remember Danton as a former National Hockey League tough guy, whose budding career came to a stunning end in 2004 when he pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to carry out a murder.
This week, Danton was back in the news and the subject again was life and death. But this time, Danton, who's out of prison and back on the ice, was on the right side of the story.
Somali writer Nuruddin Farah went to Mogadishu in the summer of 2006 with the best of intentions. He wanted to help broker a peace accord between the Somali Transitional Federal Government and the Islamic Courts Union, which had conquered the capital city by ousting its warlords.
His failure to do so, and his subsequent exile from Somalia, have led to a fixation on the country and, ultimately, a series of novels.
When President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, he held up the example of South Sudan as the right way to join the world body — through a peace process and an independence vote.
"One year ago, when we met here in New York, the prospect of a successful referendum in South Sudan was in doubt," he said, "but the international community overcame old divisions to support the agreement that had been negotiated to give South Sudan self-determination."