During a time when the country was bitterly divided over the issue of slavery, the newspapers of the Civil War era frequently crossed the line that separates politics from journalism. It was a period when partisanship was enthusiastically embraced and readers often aligned themselves with party newspapers as eagerly as they aligned themselves with political parties.

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond tells the story of how the young man who had trouble holding a job became an early voice in the environmental movement. The author, Michael Sims, is on the phone with our Kelly Blewett to talk about Thoreau’s early years, before Walden Pond.

Louisa Treger is a first-time novelist whose debut is a historical novel about Dorothy Richardson - peer of Virginia Woolf, mistress of H.G. Wells, and central figure in the emergence of a new style of fiction known as “stream of consciousness.” She talks about her book, The Lodger, with our Barbara Gray.

  For a long time, in most parts of the world, people saw Americans as cowboys. Mainly because that'’s how we saw ourselves. From 1955 to 1964, adult Westerns made up as much as 25% of all prime-time television. Wagon Train, Maverick, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and dozens of other programs painted the rough justice of the American West. At least the popular version of it.

The newest installment in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Days of Redemption series is called Snowfall, and she sits down with Barbara Gray to talk about this Christmas novella.

New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark is back with the follow-up to her last hit novel, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, called The Cinderella Murder, and she spends a few minutes with Barbara Gray talking about this Under Suspicion series and her writing collaboration with Alafair Burke.

  Critics called C.J. Box's 2013 national bestseller Breaking Point explosive. Now comes Stone Cold, the 14th novel in C.J. Box's popular series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Mark Perzel had a chance to talk with C.J. Box about how he developed the Joe Pickett character, and how his storytelling has evolved since his first novel about the game warden who seems to walk into the middle of trouble.

Baseball Road Trips

Sep 5, 2014

As the baseball season winds down, David Delegator speaks by phone with Timothy Mullin, the author of Baseball Road Trips: The Midwest & Great Lakes.  This book might make a great present for a baseball lover you know who’s looking for vacation ideas for next year.

Note: This interview originally aired on July 18, 2014

  He created the conceptual characters for the Disney/Pixar's feature films Toy Story and A Bug's Life; he’'s an Academy and Emmy-award winner; and he has written and illustrated over fifty children's books. Now from William Joyce, co-founder of animation and visual effects studio MOONBOT Studios, comes The NUMBERLYS, the tale of a time when there were only numbers - orderly, dull, numbers. Until the book’'s heroes get to work and create letters, 26 beautiful letters, that bring wondrous things to the world. William Joyce talks about his work and latest book.