Arts & Culture

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...

Remembering John Lennon

December 8, 2010

On the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon's death, a look at why the music of the former Beatle still stirs the imagination of millions around the world. The political and musical legacy of John Lennon.

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

December 6, 2010

Leon Fleisher talks about his many musical careers. The promising pianist made his Carnegie Hall debut at 16, but was struck down in his prime. He describes how his love of music rescued him after he lost the use of his right hand.

Autobiography of Mark Twain

December 1, 2010

Mark Twain left instructions that his unedited autobiography not be published until one hundred years after his death.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...

Anne Rice:  "Of Love and Evil"

Anne Rice: "Of Love and Evil"

November 29, 2010

In the new book, "Of Love and Evil,” Tobey O’Dare is a former government assassin who changes his life by working for angels. The story is part of Anne Rice’s series “Songs of Seraphim.” Rice changed her own life when she...

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

Author A.E. Hotchner's intimate account of his remarkable fifty-three year friendship with Hollywood icon Paul Newman. The two met on a television project in 1955. Many decades later, they started Newman's Own food line as a prank and...

Helen Simonson:  "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

A proper, proud, retired British officer courts a local widow of Pakistani descent in this debut novel. Author Helen Simonson discusses the power of romance to transcend modern stereotypes about culture and religion.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Readers Review: "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry

November 24, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry. Hannah is an old woman who has experienced much loss but has never been defeated. Hannah is a twice-widowed mother of three. She finds herself...

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