NPR books en Book-vending machine dispenses suspense Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of <a href="">The Monkey's Paw</a> used-book store in Toronto, had an idea.<p>He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — "old and unusual" all, as the store's motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register.<p>It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine.<p>"Originally, I thought maybe we would just have a refrigerator box and paint it to look like a vending machine," he tells NPR, "and put a skinny assistant of mine inside and have him drop books out when people put a coin in."<p>Bu Mon, 19 Nov 2012 15:10:07 +0000 7152 at Book-vending machine dispenses suspense 'Brain On Fire' Details An Out-Of-Mind Experience It's a cold March night in New York, and journalist Susannah Cahalan is watching PBS with her boyfriend, trying to relax after a difficult day at work. He falls asleep, and wakes up moments later to find her having a seizure straight out of <em>The Exorcist</em>. "My arms suddenly whipped straight out in front of me, like a mummy, as my eyes rolled back and my body stiffened," Cahalan writes. "I inhaled repeatedly, with no exhale. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 13:58:40 +0000 Michael Schaub 7119 at 'Brain On Fire' Details An Out-Of-Mind Experience Watch This: Native American Author Sherman Alexie <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:02:53 +0000 6543 at Watch This: Native American Author Sherman Alexie 'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings In the spring of 1963, as the U.S. was mired in conflicts with Vietnam and Cuba and the Soviet Union, President John F. Kennedy called his old friend David Hackett to express his frustration at the U.S. men's ice hockey team — and their miserable record overseas.<p><strong>JFK:</strong> Dave, I noticed that in the paper this morning that the Swedish team beat the American hockey team 17-2.<br /><strong>Hackett:</strong> Yeah, I saw that. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 18:08:00 +0000 6536 at 'Listening In' To JFK's Secret White House Recordings A father's decades-old bedtime story is back in print One night in 1947, an intensely curious 5-year-old boy named Michael McCleery asked his father for a story. So his father, William McCleery, produced a tale that revolved around a wolf named Waldo, a hen named Rainbow, and another little boy, the son of a farmer, named Jimmy Tractorwheel. Over weeks and weeks, William serialized the story, telling it in installments to Michael and his best friend during bedtimes and Sunday afternoon outings.<p>But William wasn't just a dad — he was also a Broadway playwright. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 03:43:04 +0000 6354 at A father's decades-old bedtime story is back in print Embracing diversity in a 'multi-faith world' <em>Time</em> magazine named author and pastor Brian McLaren one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.<p>McLaren has written more than 20 books, and he is a principal figure in the Emerging Church, a Christian movement that rejects the organized and institutional church in favor of a more modern, accepting community.<p>McLaren's new book is called <em>Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.</em><p>McLaren chose the title deliberately, evoking the beginning of a familiar joke in the hope that Christians would be mor Sat, 15 Sep 2012 20:50:22 +0000 NPR Staff 6346 at Embracing diversity in a 'multi-faith world' Stories from a new generation of American soldiers Iraq War veteran Brian Castner opens his new memoir, <em>The Long Walk, </em>with a direct and disturbing warning:<p>"The first thing you should know about me is that I'm Crazy," he writes. "I haven't always been. Until that one day, the day I went Crazy, I was fine. Or I thought I was. Not anymore."<p>More than 10 years since a new generation of Americans went into combat, the soldiers themselves are starting to write the story of war. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:04:11 +0000 Quil Lawrence 6282 at Stories from a new generation of American soldiers 'End of Men' heralds new era of female dominance Women have fought tirelessly to establish equal footing for themselves in relationships, politics and the workplace, and according to writer Hanna Rosin, they've finally arrived.<p>In her new book, <em>The End of Men: And The Rise of Women,</em> Rosin argues that the U.S. has entered an era of female dominance.<p><hr /><p><h3>Interview Highlights</h3><p><strong>On how the rise of women is largely an economic story</strong><p>"Women make up about half the workforce and the majority of college degrees — which these days is the prerequisite to success in this world. But ... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:34:02 +0000 6260 at 'End of Men' heralds new era of female dominance