In recent years A.J. Jacobs has lived by George Washington's rules of conduct, outsourced his entire life of everyday tasks to Indian service representatives, posed as a woman on an online dating site and grown a long beard to adhere to Old Testament doctrine as part of a year of living biblically.
His latest quest: Getting fit.
On Thursday's Central Standard, we'll be joined by author A.J. Jacobs. He's going to tells us about his new book Drop Dead Healthy, where explores the latest cultural obsessions and trends in healthy living. He'll discuss this latest grueling experiments, as he literally strives to be healthy from head-to-toe.
There's no debating that a good non-fiction book can bring life to overlooked history. But when everything's been told about that event....or you have an idea for an "alternative" history, where to turn? Historical fiction.
School’s out for summer, so keep your kids' brains busy, and develop that summer reading list.
Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes Johnson County Library staffers Kate McNair, Debbie McLeod (ret.) and Bradley Debrick to share their favorite picks, from No Sleep for the Sheep to The ABCs of Baseball.
On Wednesday's Central Standard, we were joined by fellow radio host Regina Brett, of The Regina Brett Show at WKSU in Ohio. While Regina was there to talk about her book, Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible, she and Jabulani of course had to talk shop. Regina mentioned her 10 Commandments of Radio and of course she was kind enough to pass it along.
Wendell Potter, a former vice president of CIGNA, says that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.
It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation. But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.
Looking for a good book to take on summer vacation? Or are you in need of another great read?
The Book Doctors: freelance writer, editor, and reviewer Jeffrey Ann Goudie; chair of the department of English and senior dean at the Barstow School Mark Luce; and senior writer and arts editor at The Kansas City StarSteve Paul join us today to discuss their recent, favorite reads.
A granddaughter makes a children's book out of her grandmother's stories.
By Susan B. Wilson
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The illustrations in the children's book Through Eva's Eyes are from the perspective of a child. Trees tower overhead, shiny black boots are at eye level, and train cars dwarf people. But the subject matter isn't your typical children's fare.
Author Deb Olin Unferth's work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, McSweeney's, and The Believer. She's also the author of a collection of stories called "Minor Robberies" and the novel, "Vacation." Her new memoir is called "Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War."
It took Michael David Lukas seven years to write his debut novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, but as Martha Woodroof writes, the long struggle was worth it. Woodroof speaks with Lukas about going by three names, the young girl who inspired his novel and going broke for one's writing dreams.
LeVar Burton, former host of Reading Rainbow, and Shane Evans, a local author/illustrator, teamed up to teach children the importance of literacy.
By Susan B. Wilson
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Students from the Derrick Thomas Academy got to listen as both storytellers gave a reading at the Kansas City Public Library. LeVar Burton read his favorite book Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, and Shane Evans read his most recent book Underground.
In The Quick and the Dead, Joy Williams fixes a gaze of cold but evocative detachment on the lives of an eclectic cast of characters living in the arid Southwest. Writer Sarah Braunstein says the surreal novel uses wit, candor and virtuosic prose to delve into "our subterranean selves."
By NPR Books
In 2000 I was a 23-year-old fledgling writer. I had no idea how to write a story but wanted to do nothing else.