The Takeaway

The Best Books of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

In honor of one of our favorite pastimes, we're devoting a special hour to books and authors who made our year, including interviews with Helen Thorpe and Hampton Sides


Death, Sex & Money

Death-Sex-Money Books: The Full List!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Browse our death-sex-money book list and get inspired for holiday reading. 


Death, Sex & Money

Librarians Share Their Death-Sex-Money Book Picks

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York Public Library staffers send in their highly qualified suggestions for our death-sex-money reading list. 

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Money Talking

Best Business Books for 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

From hotshot, high-frequency traders to a serial entrepreneur criticizing capitalism, this year's best business reads are all about thinking differently. 


The Brian Lehrer Show

Books That Changed My Mind: Novel Takes on America

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did a novel you read in school change your mind about the world and your place in it?  Writers Azar Nafisi and Jacqueline Woodson talk about finding themselves in fiction.

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The Takeaway

Novelist Richard Ford on 'Let Me Be Frank With You'

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford discusses his latest novel in the Frank Bascombe series. Ford explains what he’s learned from his most famous character.


The Takeaway

Never-Published Steinbeck Story Surfaces

Friday, November 07, 2014

A lost story by the literary great will be published for the first time today in The Strand magazine.

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The Takeaway

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature Goes To...

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The odds had favored Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. But early this morning, the prize went to the French author Patrick Modiano, called a "Proust of our time" by the Nobel Academy.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Digital Reading, Driverless Cars, and The Secret to Happiness

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!


The Brian Lehrer Show

Training Your 'Bi-Literate' Brain

Thursday, September 18, 2014

 How screens are changing the way our brains process reading, and why we might need to train our brains to be 'bi-literate'.

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The Takeaway

The Digital Reading Shift is Impacting Your Brain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains how the shift from paper to digital has caused a gigantic change in how we read.

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New Tech City

What Reading on Screens Does to Our Brains

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How should you read? Paper or screen? Your brain wants to choose one. Switching back and forth may not be effective. That is, unless you can develop your 'bi-literate' brain. 

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The Takeaway

Two Americans Could Make Literary History

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Two Americans have the chance to make literary history: This week, Karen Joy Fowler and Joshua Ferris became the first Americans to make the Man Booker Prize shortlist. 

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The Takeaway

The Search for Diverse Children's Books

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Patrik Henry Bass discusses his new book, "Zero Degree Zombie Zone," a children's fantasy tale that pits African-American middle schoolers against zombies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Words on a Page Become Images in Our Minds

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peter Mendelsund, Knopf's associate art director, explores how we visualize images from reading works of literature and talks about designing book covers.

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Did the Right Kids Go to Summer School? One NYC School Says Yes.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Instead of relying solely on test scores to determine which students needed summer school, education officials told school districts to let teachers and principals decide.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Call Me Ishmael (And Talk About a Book You Love)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Logan Smalley, creator of Call Me Ishmael, set up a voicemail box and asked callers to leave a message about a book that changed their life. In return he got a flood of messages, anonymous and deeply personal, about the powerful experience of reading. He talks about the inspiration for the project, and we take calls with stories about books that have influenced you.

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Top 5 @ 105

Top 5 Classical Music Summer Reads

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Before heading out to the beach or leaving for summer vacation, here are four new books and one e-book of interest to classical music and opera fans to take along for the trip.

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The Takeaway

Hemingway's Grandson Restores Never-Seen Elements to "The Sun Also Rises"

Monday, July 14, 2014

A new version of "The Sun Also Rises" includes lost chapters and extensive revisions, giving an altogether new portrait of Papa's creative process.


The Brian Lehrer Show

How Young Is Too Young To Read To Your Kids?

Friday, June 27, 2014

One of the latest parenting recommendations urges children to get involved with books as soon as possible. But there's little agreement on whether early literary stimulation has a positive effect on development - and on what "early" really means. 

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