In his new book, Clutch, New York Times business columnist Paul Sullivan studies some of the world's best clutch performers like Billy Jean King, Tiger Woods and JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon. Host Liane Hansen talks with Sullivan about what might happen in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Last week, listeners responded to a report on a bi-national protest along the U.S.-Mexico border. There were also plenty of postings about NPR's Jacki Lyden's report on the vast network of tunnels beneath the streets of Paris. Host Liane Hansen reads from listener comments.
In 2004, Allison Pearson was asked by the Daily Telegraph to interview David Cassidy, singer and former star of the Partridge Family. Thirty years earlier, Pearson was one of those screaming 13-year-old girls who taped Cassidy's posters on their bedroom walls and dreamed of the day that he would fall in love with them. NPR's Liane Hansen talks with Pearson about her new novel, I Think I Love You, which was inspired by her experience.
While the ability to recall obscure couplets of iambic pentameter might be considered an enviable asset for writing articles in literary journals, it's not the most effective child-rearing tool. In The Weird Sisters, a new novel by Eleanor Brown, three daughters of an overzealous Shakspearean academic live with a father who continuously recites poetry as a form of parental advice.
So far, the street protests demanding political change in the Arab world have not reached Saudi Arabia — and most analysts agree that they're not likely to come.
The country has the largest economy in the region and plenty of oil wealth to cushion discontent. But in a place usually known for oil, camels and veiled women, add one more image of Saudi Arabia: stand-up comics. These young Saudis are taking on Egypt's protests as a source of material, far into the Saudi desert.