Urbanization has become a buzzword of the times, as more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. In the United States, it's more than 80-percent. There is an increasing awareness of cities as a defining trait of humanity and their importance to our health, economy, environment, and more.
Beat the heat this summer with a host of reading selections!
Seeking selections to take to the beach, the lake, or to curl up with for an escape at home this summer? NPR Books shares the top picks from booksellers, authors, and critics like Nancy Pearl and Allen Cheuse, with themed lists for readers posted at Critics' Lists: Summer 2012.
The American Dream has always meant opportunity -- the idea that anyone can make it here. Woven through our politics, culture and family histories, the simple phrase lifted and sustained Americans for generations, and its promise inspired millions to come to the United States in search of a better life. Yet this collective ideal has always been fraught, as the country struggled to extend opportunities beyond white men to African Americans, women, Latinos, gays and lesbians, those with disabilities, and others.
Release your inner author - the next round of All Things Considered's Three-Minute Fiction contest starts Saturday, March 10th, with a new judge, author Luis Alberto Urrea. The contest has a simple premise: Listeners submit original short stories with a 600-word limit that can be read aloud in three minutes or less.