Mandy Aftel is a perfumer and explorer of smells across the world. Her new book is called “Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent” about the journey of following her nose.
Jazz great Clark Terry is the subject of a new documentary about his life, and the relationship between a music teacher and thier protege. We discuss his legacy with the film's director, Alan Hicks, and one of his famed former students, Quincy Jones.
From early struggles to revolutionary success, to a hazy decline due to bad timing and self-destructive choices, Tennessee Williams' life reads a bit like those of his characters. Critic and author John Lahr captures that story in an authoritative new biography of one of the 20th century's most significant playwright… including his first significant flop.
An additional segment from Rico's interview with Mark Whitaker about his new biography of comedian Bill Cosby
Journalist Mark Whitaker formed an emotional connection to the comedy of Bill Cosby from a young age. Decades later, the result is “Cosby: His Life and Times," Whitaker's new biography of the influential comedian.
Reality show stars are actually less narcissistic than convicted psychopathic murders, and other facts about the disorder from Jeffrey Kluger, author of "The Narcissist Next Door: Understanding the Monster in Your Family, Your Office, and Your Bed."
"To Be Takei" tells the personal story of actor, activist, and pop-culture figure George Takei, from a childhood in a World War Two internment camp to the stars - or "Star Trek," anyway - and beyond, overcoming discrimination along the way.
"Science Guy" Bill Nye gazes at the stars with us and gives his interstellar travel guide.
Alan Gilbert, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, tells Brendan that classical music is doing pretty well in the States these days - but that he might still run away to play Japanese jazz.
In their new book, bloggers from Priceonomics set out to use the tools of hard data analysis to puncture some of the arbitrary assumptions and outright scams built into everyday life.