Arts & Culture

The Future of Public Broadcasting

January 20, 2011

The future of public broadcasting: Consumers have thousands of options for information and entertainment and Congress is threatening to cut government funding. The challenges and opportunities facing public radio and television.

Autobiography of Mark Twain (Rebroadcast)

January 17, 2011

Mark Twain left instructions that his unedited autobiography not be published until one hundred years after his death. This year marks the centennial of the author’s demise. The first of three large volumes was just published. In it the...

U.S and East Asia

January 13, 2011

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates meets with leaders in Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul, but China's test flight on a new stealth fighter jet during his visit underscores some of the challenges: an update on U.S China relations and security issues in East Asia.

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave" (Rebroadcast)

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave" (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2010

The author of "The Horse Whisperer" describes how an ordeal with poisonous mushrooms influenced his new novel. It centers on an estranged father and son, each dealing with dark secrets and struggling with notions of bravery.

Robert Gottlieb: "Sarah" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2010

19th-century actress Sarah Bernhardt had a flair for the dramatic -- both on and off the stage. A new biography separates fact from the many fictions about her life. Diane and author Robert Gottlieb explore Bernhardt's improbable rise to...

Isabel Allende: "Island Beneath the Sea" (Rebroadcast)

Isabel Allende: "Island Beneath the Sea" (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2010

Why Isabel Allende chose slavery as the subject of her new novel.

Hank Williams: The Man Who Transformed Country Music (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2010

In 1951, Hank Williams hosted a morning radio show in Nashville. Those recordings have just been released, shining new light on the late musician. Hank Williams, the man who transformed country music.

Readers Review: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss

December 22, 2010

The Grinch is the classic Dr. Seuss tale of a bitter, cave-dwelling, green, creature with a heart "two sizes too small." He lives with his faithful dog, Max, on snowy Mount Crumpit just north of Whoville, home of the Whos. Every year...

Oscar Andrew Hammerstein: "The Hammersteins"

December 16, 2010

Oscar Hammerstein was perhaps the most influential lyricist of the American theater. Together with collaborator Richard Rodgers, he helped define the modern musical, winning eight Tonys and two Academy Awards in the process. Oscar...

Dick Cavett:  "Talk Show"

Dick Cavett: "Talk Show"

December 13, 2010

Dick Cavett is a legendary talk show host who spent three decades interviewing some of the most influential figures of the last century. Cavett got his break when he was hired as a comedy writer for Jack Paar, host of "The Tonight Show...

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