Arts & Culture

America in Decline?

America in Decline?

January 19, 2010

American history is marked by cycles of crisis and renewal. Today's financial, political and social issues have many asking if the nation is in decline. A discussion of how, and why, America will rise again.

Colum McCann: "Let the Great World Spin" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2010

On a summer day in 1974 New Yorkers looked up to see an acrobat walking on a wire between the tops of the twin towers. In a new novel, Colum McCann imagines what was going on in the lives of the people on the streets below.

Singer Denyce Graves (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves talks about her acclaimed career as an opera singer, and about the challenges she's faced in recent years, including depression, a high-risk pregnancy, and vocal cord surgery.

Dr. Ralph Stanley: "Man of Constant Sorrow" (Gotham Books) (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2009

Grammy-award-winning banjo player and singer Ralph Stanley on the history and future of the remarkable music he brought from his home in the mountains of southwest Virginia to the world.

Wendell Berry: A conversation (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2009

Poet, author, essayist and farmer. Wendell Berry, known as the grandfather of the slow food movement, discusses food for the body and poetry for the soul.

Two Former U.S. Poets Laureate, Billy Collins and Donald Hall (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2009

Billy Collins discusses his poetry collection, titled "Ballistics." Donald Hall talks about his memoir, "Unpacking the Boxes."

Christopher Plummer "In Spite Of Myself" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2009

A discussion with actor Christopher Plummer about his memoir, "In Spite of Myself."

Yo Yo Ma (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2009

Yo-Yo Ma talks about his ongoing Silk Road Project. He also discusses his recent recordings, the state of classical music in America and around the world, and the role music plays in bringing people of different cultures together.

Salman Rushdie: "The Enchantress of Florence" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2009

Salman Rushdie's latest novel weaves together two different worlds - Renaissance Florence and a sixteenth-century Indian city. It is a tale that moves from East to West and explores the power of history, storytelling and enchantment.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: "Come Darkness, Come Light" (Zoe/Rounder) (Rebroadcast)

December 25, 2009

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter presents a collection of Christmas music. Some of the songs are original works and others are personal favorites.

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