June 10, 2013 NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.
July 3, 2012 Passing along a book that no one has heard of is like telling a really good secret. NPR's Barrie Hardymon recommends a hot Southern thriller, a scathing evisceration of the newspaper biz, a slightly ridiculous, totally gratifying romance, and one extra gem that's been hiding in plain sight.
September 3, 2011 Barrie Hardymon, an editor for Talk of the Nation, says despite her peers' disapproval, she was dying to get her child into the world with a minimum of fuss.
February 22, 2011 An ugly dispute over the legacy of popular crime novelist Stieg Larsson has Barrie Hardymon wondering, whose side should you take? She read in on it, and she's still not sure what to make of the story.
February 17, 2011 It's 2011, and no matter how much they've achieved, in many publications, women are still reduced to what they eat, what they wear, and how they appear. Barrie Hardymon despairs.
February 3, 2011 Sebastian Faulks sees Jane Eyre as a morally upright, mouse-y little thing, with her happiness dependent entirely upon marriage with Mr. Rochester. Boy, did he miss the point. Good thing Salon's Laura Miller can take him to task.
February 2, 2011 It's easy to claim a million people are marching in Egypt's Tahrir Square, but harder to prove it, right? Not so, says Wired.com. Here's how to figure out how many people are actually calling for a new regime.
January 27, 2011 What's not to love about the Oscar nominated movie, The King's Speech? Maybe its revisionist history. Barrie Hardymon loved the movie as much as she loved Christopher Hitchens' takedown of its historical accuracy.
January 18, 2011 Barrie Hardymon is shocked to find that all of these years, the most satisfying part of typing a sentence, the double space after a period, turns out to be not just wrong, but egregiously so. And so, a last love letter to the double space.
January 12, 2011 Sylvana Joseph, a guest on Talk of the Nation, looks back on the year since the earthquake that left Haiti in ruins. Joseph, a Haitian-American, is determined to continue to tell stories, laugh and find joy one year after the earthquake.
January 11, 2011 Yet another debate about motherhood has erupted on the net, this time about the strict parenting of Chinese mothers. But do we have to keep comparing mothers to animals? Will there ever be time when a debate over fathers erupts in the same way?
January 6, 2011 Resolving the different types of New Year's resolutions — some are intensely practical, while others, are more inspirational. This year, Barrie Hardymon settles on something poetic.
January 4, 2011 The Battle of Towton was one of the bloodiest in the history of England... how bloody? An archaeologist describes the violence as so bad, “It’s almost as if they were trying to remove their opponents’ identities.”
December 30, 2010 Technology meets art meets critic: Jamie Stuart's beautiful movie gets Oscar buzz from world class movie critic Robert Ebert. Watch it here, and then maybe you'll get up the nerve to send your script to Scorsese...