Arts & Culture

Matthew Crawford: "Shop Class As Soulcraft" (Penguin) (Rebroadcast)

September 7, 2009

A philosopher and motorcycle mechanic explains why not everyone should aspire to work behind a desk. He talks about the emotional satisfaction and intellectual demand of making and fixing things with your hands.

Helen Scales: "Poseidon's Steed" (Gotham Books)

September 2, 2009

A marine biologist describes mankind's fascination with seahorses and explains their unusual appearance.

Readers' Review: "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" by Ivan Doig

August 26, 2009

Thanks to everyone who submitted their favorite summer reads for this month's Readers' Review. Diane picked "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" by Ivan Doig, which is also one of her favorite books. It is the central volume in a trilogy that...

Scott Rosenberg: "Say Everything" (Crown)

August 24, 2009

What began with a handful of geeks has evolved into the pursuit of millions: how bloggers are breaking new ground in publishing, journalism, entertainment and self-expression and why blogging is here to stay

Michael Rosen: "What Else But Home" (Public Affairs)

August 17, 2009

How a sandlot baseball game led a middle-class family to take in five boys from the projects. It's a story of discovery, the true meaning of family, and bridging the racial and socio-economic divide.

Peter Berger: "In Praise of Doubt" (HarperOne)

August 12, 2009

Civil discourse today is in danger of being shouted down by talking heads and single-minded bloggers. How doubt can help people on opposite sides of an issue to disagree more agreeably.

Valerie Martin and Nan Talese

August 11, 2009

Award-winning author Valerie Martin presents her latest novel -- "The Confessions of Edward Day" -- and discusses writing and publishing with her long-time editor, Nan Talese.

A Conversation with Senator Barbara Boxer

August 5, 2009

Senator Barbara Boxer on health care, financial reform, and the outlook for President Obama's agenda for change.

Melanie Gideon: "The Slippery Year" (Knopf)

August 4, 2009

A happily married woman offers a light-hearted but honest take on growing older, getting wiser, and what it takes to rediscover a passion for life.

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

August 2, 2009

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.

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