Arts & Culture

Leah Hager Cohen: "Without Apology" (Random House)

March 4, 2005

Until she visited downtown Boston's Somerville Boxing Club, the writer regarded boxing with disgust. Her opinion changed after she met four adolescent girls and their trainer. She describes what she learned in the gym about herself...

Rembrandt's Late Religious Paintings

March 1, 2005

Seventeen enigmatic religious portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, produced in the last years of his life, have been assembled for the first time in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Diane and her guests discuss the...

U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser

February 25, 2005

The poet laureate of the United States joins Diane to talk about how to go from wanting to be a poet to actually writing poetry.

Talk Show Host Cristina Saralegui

February 24, 2005

Cuban-born TV host Cristina Saralegui is often referred to as "the Hispanic Oprah," because of her popular talk show, seen throughout the Spanish-speaking world. Diane meets the woman whose multimedia empire also includes a...

Readers' Review: Edward Jones' "The Known World"

February 16, 2005

This month's readers' review takes a look at slavery, property, freedom, and family through an unusual lens. Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "The Known World" by...

Mary Doria Russell: "A Thread of Grace" (Random House)

February 15, 2005

In northwest Italy, peasants, priests, and native Italian Jews conspired to save the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. Mary Doria Russell presents a meticulously researched novel based on the true story of the...

Preview of Westminster Dog Show

February 10, 2005

For the past 129 years, dog enthusiasts have flocked to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to view breeds from around the world. The dog that wins Best in Show usually becomes an American celebrity. Diane and her guests talk about the...

Rita Mae Brown: "Cat's Eyewitness" (Bantam)

February 3, 2005

Author Rita Mae Brown talks about her unique writing partnership with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown. They've teamed up again for a tale of the miraculous and the murderous, the thirteenth novel in the Mrs. Murphy mystery series.

Stella Rimington: "At Risk" (Knopf)

January 26, 2005

From 1992 to 1996, she was the first and only woman director general of Britain's domestic security service, MI5. Stella Rimington describes how she drew on her experiences to write a spy thriller featuring a female secret agent.

Renée Fleming: "The Inner Voice" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2005

Renowned soprano Renée Fleming describes how she developed her voice into what has become known as the gold standard of the soprano sound, and used it to become one of the world's most sought-after musical artists.

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