One of the ways that biographer David McCullough learns about his subjects is to raid their libraries.
Amid a spate of natural disasters, the latest crisis on the Mississippi has reminded Americans that the river is not merely a Twain-era historical footnote, but a vital instrument of modern commerce and a powerful force in draining, nourishing – and sometimes flooding – a large swath of the US.
Two great writers share thoughts on their books, their gardens, their dreams, and their deep caring for one another.
How humans handle information has been a theme – and a concern – throughout the ages.
Author Saul Frampton tells the story of how history, culture, and the personal genius of Montaigne conspired to create a new literary genre: the essay.
President Obama called the push to revamp our math and science education this generation's 'Sputnik moment.' But how many Americans even know what Sputnik is? Studies show US students don't know their own history. That's what the president should really be concerned about.
How are are Africa’s religions faring in the 21st century? Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul visits to find out.