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The world's top authors and critics join Sunday Book Review Editor Pamela Paul in lively conversations about books, arts and ideas.


Edward Snowden: Hero, Traitor or Spy?  

Nicholas Lemann talks about Edward Jay Epstein's "How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft," and James Ryerson discusses new books about how to be civil in an uncivil world.

Should You Stop Eating Sugar?  

Gary Taubes discusses "The Case Against Sugar," and Anthony Gottlieb talks about a new biography of Casanova.

How Octopuses Are Like Aliens  

Peter Godfrey-Smith discusses “Other Minds,” and Jeff Howe talks about “Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.”

The Year in Reading  

Editors at the Book Review discuss what many notable people were reading in 2016, and Will Schwalbe talks about "Books for Living."

Michael Lewis and Arianna Huffington  

Michael Lewis discusses his new book, "The Undoing Project," and Arianna Huffington talks about "Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less," by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang.

The 10 Best Books of 2016  

Stefan Hertmans talks about "War and Turpentine"; editors at the Book Review talk about the year's best books; and Ian McGuire discusses "The North Water."

100 Notable Books of 2016  

Editors at the Book Review discuss the year's notable books; Ronald H. Fritze talks about "Egyptomania," and Matthew Schneier on "Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers."

Thomas Friedman on 'Thank You for Being Late'  

Thomas Friedman discusses "Thank You for Being Late," and David France talks about "How to Survive a Plague."

Michael Chabon Talks About 'Moonglow'  

Michael Chabon discusses his new novel, and Blanche Wiesen Cook talks about the third volume in her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt.

War Stories  

Thomas Ricks discusses new books about military history, and Maria Russo talks about the season's best new children's books.

John Grisham on 'The Whistler'  

John Grisham talks about his latest novel, and Ben Macintyre discusses "Rogue Heroes."

Thrillers and True Crime  

Charles Finch talks about the season’s thrillers; and Marilyn Stasio discusses new true-crime books.

Beth Macy’s ‘Truevine’  

Beth Macy talks about “Truevine”; Calvin Trillin and Roz Chast discuss “No Fair! No Fair! And Other Jolly Poems of Childhood”; and Molly Young on “Bridget Jones's Baby.”

The Rise of Hitler  

Adam Kirsch discusses Volker Ullrich's new biography of Hitler; Billy Collins talks about his latest collection of poems; and iO Tillett Wright on his new memoir, "Darling Days."

'Sing for Your Life'  

Daniel Bergner talks about "Sing for Your Life," and Maria Semple discusses "Today Will Be Different."

American Apartheid  

Patrick Phillips talks about “Blood at the Root”; Ethan Gilsdorf discusses three new books about gaming; and Melissa Clark on the season’s best new cookbooks.

Simon Schama's 'The Face of Britain'  

Simon Schama talks about “The Face of Britain: A History of the Nation Through Its Portraits,” and Robert Gottlieb discusses “Avid Reader.”

Maureen Dowd on Clinton and Trump  

Maureen Dowd talks about “The Year of Voting Dangerously,” and Lauren Collins talks about “When in French.”

Inside The New York Times Book Review: The Attica Uprising  

This week, Heather Ann Thompson talks about "Blood in the Water"; Seth Mnookin discusses "Patient H.M."; feedback from readers; and Gregory Cowles and John Williams on what we're reading. Pamela Paul is the host.

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