Human beings are biologically wired to be fascinated by novelty. But how do we keep the constant flow of new products, ideas, and data from overwhelming us? Winifred Gallagher (the author of Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life) digs into our natural inclination toward the new and offers ways to distinguish passing fancy from permanent improvement.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.