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  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.

Andrew McCarthy is perhaps best known as an actor in several iconic films like St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink and Weekend at Bernie’s. He is now an author, traveler and editor-at-large for National Geographic. His newest book is Journeys Home, a collaboration with other writers who dug into their past in search of their ancestry, and he joins our Barbara Gray by phone.

David Linden's new book explores our sense of touch

Feb 6, 2015

Barbara Gray is on the phone with neuroscientist David Linden to talk about his fascinating new book about one of our more complex senses: Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.

Author Tess Gerritsen is the writer behind the characters on TNT’s hit series, Rizzoli & Isles. As Barbara Gray learns in this interview, the author has put her female protagonists in the middle of another mystery in her latest novel, Die Again.

Barbara Gray speaks with Guy Johnson, the only son of the late poet Maya Angelou, who talks about his mother and the book Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou which includes some of his mother’s most powerful sayings that, until now, were just for her family.

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