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New Book says Blame Humans for Legal Injustice, Not the System

In 'Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice,' lawyer Adam Benforado draws on neuroscience to challenge long-held beliefs about how the U.S. legal system works.

For Mexican Girls Who Paint Their Fingernails Black

Author Myriam Gurba talks with KQED on the Chicana literary tradition, macabre folk tales, and her new book 'Painting Their Portraits in Winter.'

How to Overcome Stage Fright: Psychotherapy, Pills and Practice

In her new book 'Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright,' Bay Area author and pianist Solovitch explains how she overcame a lifetime of performance anxiety.

Fresno's Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

A native son from California's great Central Valley will be the next U.S. Poet Laureate. That announcement came this week from the Library of Congress. He's Juan Felipe Herrera. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he was also California's Poet Laureate from 2012 until last year. Herrera taught poetry at Fresno State for many years. He recently retired as chair of the Chicano and Latin American Studies Department at University California, Riverside. Juan Felipe Herrera joins us from our bureau in Fresno where he lives.

Listener Book Suggestions: Summer Edition

Summer is here and with it our annual summer book show, where you, our well-read listeners, share recommendations for reads that are beach or vacation worthy. Tell us, what's the latest thriller you couldn't put down or novel that captured your imagination. Call or email with your pick for a favorite beach book or one that you can't wait to read.

Author Vendela Vida Dives Deep Into Grief, Identity Loss

Author Vendela Vida joins us in studio to talk about her latest book, "The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty." Part travel novel, part psychological thriller, the story follows a grieving American woman in Casablanca who is robbed of all of her money and identification. As a result, she gains the surprising freedom to redefine her identity. We talk with Vida, who is appearing at this weekend's Bay Area Book Festival. We'll also get a preview of the festival with Executive Director Cherilyn Parsons.

 

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