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Hammett's 'Maltese Falcon,' 75 Years Later

Private Detective Sam Spade still roams the foggy back alleys of the American imagination. His creator, Dashiell Hammett, published The Maltese Falcon 75 years ago this month. We host an appreciation of the novel and its author.


Richard Layman, executor, Hammett literary estate; co-author, Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald

Robert Parker, author, several hardboiled mystery series, including the Spencer novels; Cold Service; TV movie Stone Cold airs Feb 20; wrote dissertation on Hammett and Chandler

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Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics — everything from biomedical research to astronomy. He is currently focused on the eponymous series, "Joe's Big Idea." Stories in the series explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. Palca is also the founder of NPR Scicommers – A science communication collective.