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Louis Menand

Louis Menand

A writer probes the history of ideas. 

Elaine Pagels

Elaine Pagels

A histiorian reveals early Christian thought.

Graduates of the Prison University Project

Prison University Project

Inside a prison, inmates earn college credits and confidence to take back their lives.

Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese

A physician blends his vocation to tell stories of the human experience.

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

A journalist tells an epic American story.

Witches -- First Walpurgis Night

Try Hawthorne for Halloween, . . . but Leave the Light on

"Young Goodman Brown" is frightfully fine fiction.

Photo portrait of Vladimir Nabokov

Why Nabokov’s Speak, Memory Still Speaks to Us

Fifty years after its arrival, Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited, continues to draw readers.

One World Trade Center

Touring the New World Trade Center with Its Official Biographer

Getting to the bottom of the complicated rebuilding of an American icon.

Gettysburg Cyclorama

The Battle of Gettysburg Painted . . . in the Round!

Saved from rot, the Gettysburg Cyclorama puts viewers in the center of the Civil War battle.

Learning to Be Free While Sitting in a Maximum-Security Prison

Chicago program brings college-level humanities to maximum security.