Jeffrey Brown

  • UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden speaks during her swearing-in ceremony in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, September 14, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
    September 19, 2016  

    The Library of Congress has a new chief: Carla Hayden. Most of her predecessors in the role have come from scholarly institutions, but Hayden is a librarian through and through. She is also the first woman and the first African American to take charge of the nation’s oldest and largest collection. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Hayden about the continuing importance of the library in the digital age. Continue reading

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 19:  Jacqueline Woodson attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
    August 29, 2016  

    “Another Brooklyn,” by Jacqueline Woodson, is not a typical coming-of-age novel. It takes place in Brooklyn in the 1970s, an environment in which drugs were ubiquitous, white flight was on the rise and young girls of color relied on each other for support. Woodson grew up in that era herself, and Jeffrey Brown meets with her in Brooklyn to discuss how she sees writers as ‘history keepers.’ Continue reading

  • Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River is located just north of the Grand Canyon. Photo by Crystal Brindle
    August 25, 2016  

    One hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, creating the National Park Service. To reflect, Jeffrey Brown takes his Bookshelf segment outdoors to Virginia’s Great Falls Park. He’s joined by Terry Tempest Williams to discuss her new book, which narrates the stories of America’s “sacred lands,” the power they offer visitors and the challenges of maintaining them. Continue reading

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    August 23, 2016  

    Corporal punishment is still used in 21 states’ public schools. Proponents say the method can motivate children to behave, but research suggests otherwise. Trey Clayton, for instance, was paddled repeatedly in school as a teenager, ultimately suffering a broken jaw and dropping out. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Education Week’s Sarah Sparks for our weekly education segment, “Making the Grade.” Continue reading

  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 200m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica tears off his number tags from his shorts and throws them to the ground after winning the gold.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTX2LYCQ
    August 19, 2016  

    The Olympics conclude this weekend, but the news coming out of Rio is still nonstop. Four U.S. swimmers who said they had been robbed now admit fabricating their story, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could earn his ninth career gold. Also, the Paralympics are in jeopardy due to budgetary issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for details. Continue reading

  • German film director Werner Herzog speaks during a meeting of film lovers in La Paz April 10, 2015. Herzog is in Bolivia to shoot a film in locations such as the Uyuni salt flat, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado   - RTR4WVTF
    August 19, 2016  

    In his newest film, Werner Herzog is again asking existential questions — this time, about the internet. In “Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World,” released in theaters on Friday, Herzog analyzes this ever-expanding fortress of information, and how it promises possibilities of both progress and catastrophe. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Herzog about his latest inquiry into human nature. Continue reading

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    August 15, 2016  

    At lower Manhattan’s International Center for Photography, the new exhibit “Public, Private, Secret” examines the changing role of privacy in light of contemporary surveillance and oversharing. The exhibition offers a historical perspective on voyeurism and surveillance and considers the definition of photography in the digital age, when camera access is nearly universal. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • People enjoy mild temperatures along the The High Line park, an elevated section of converted New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line on Manhattan's West Side in New York City, December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar - RTX1YUIY
    August 11, 2016  

    In the mid-20th century, it was a railroad; now it’s a public park. Built in the 1930s, 30 feet above the streets of Manhattan, the High Line was crucial for transporting cargo. But with the decline of rail transportation, it closed in 1980 and was abandoned. Almost three decades later, it opened again — this time, as a shared space for greenery, art and leisure. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • Patricia Hearst, after being released from federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., waves her Presidential Clemency document.  (Photo by Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
    August 5, 2016  

    In 1974, William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter Patty was abducted from her California home by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. After subsequent events suggested the teenager had joined the group, she was captured and sentenced — but later pardoned. Jeffrey Toobin tells the story anew in “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.” Continue reading

  • NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
    August 3, 2016  

    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work. Continue reading

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