For more than a decade anthropologist Scott Atran has traveled around the world interviewing Islamic terrorists. He has talked with suicide bombers in prison and jihadist leaders in training camps. His research explores the thinking behind terrorist behavior.
The late American scholar Gene Smith spent a quarter of a century collecting endangered works of Tibetan literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of his life's aims has now been realized, as Smith's collection has found a permanent home in a new library of traditional Tibetan works in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation to rename 63 different thoroughfares and public places throughout the city. Soon, 63rd Drive in Queens will be the first city street named after a Russian writer — Sergei Dovlatov, whose stories appeared in the New Yorker. And his wife still lives there.
Author Cathy Buckle writes a weekly email letter to friends and family about living conditions in her country, Zimbabwe, and we read an excerpt from one of her recent letters called, "To Stay Safe, Stay Silent."
We asked some prominent people to tell us about the books that have meant the most to them in their lives. Among those we hear from are opera singer Pl-cido Domingo, writer Pico Iyer, and astronaut Bill Anders.