The Ancient Guide to Modern Life

In this irreverently respectful celebration of the wisdom of antiquity, British stand-up comedian (and Cambridge Classics scholar) Natalie Haynes demonstrates how the teachings of Greece and Rome can help us better understand the modern age—and how prevalent their influence remains, in pop culture as well as more studied settings. Great fun.

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.