Don’t be surprised to find yourself booked by the noisy ice machine if you're rude to the hotel front desk clerk. And do you really want to know what the housekeeper and the bellman were doing in the empty room next door?
Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.
On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.
In the face of electronic readers and digital downloads, it's easy to point a finger and say there lies the reason books and, by extension, those who write and publish them are going the way of the dinosaurs.
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.