Arts & Culture

Robert McCrum: "Wodehouse: A life" (WWNorton)

December 13, 2004

Novelist and playwright P.G.Wodehouse created such hilarious characters as the unflappable butler Jeeves, who always kept his master Bertie Wooster in line. Wodehouse's biographer takes a look at the scope of a writer who often hid behind...

Don Saliers & Emily Saliers: "A Song to Sing, A Life to Live" (Jossey-Bass)

December 9, 2004

Emily Saliers of the popular group "Indigo Girls" and her father, a professor of theology, talk about how the language of music connects us all.

Renée Fleming: "The Inner Voice" (Viking)

December 7, 2004

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.

Music heard...

Barbara Goldsmith: "Obsessive Genius" (WW Norton)

December 3, 2004

The best-selling author and historian examines the myth and reality behind the mother of modern science. Barbara Goldsmith offers a new look at Marie Curie's life within and beyond the laboratory, as she battled social and personal demons...

Robert Gottlieb: "George Balanchine" (HarperCollins)

December 2, 2004

George Balanchine revolutionized ballet. A new biography traces his arrival in the U.S. from Imperial Russia, his impact on dance, and his life off-stage.

Tom Wolfe: "I Am Charlotte Simmons" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

November 30, 2004

Diane talks with novelist Tom Wolfe about his new satire on college life. The book's narrator is an innocent 18-year-old freshman grappling with issues of sex and status at an elite, fictional university.

Betty Edwards: "Color" (Tarcher Putnam) (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2004

Betty Edwards, author of the best selling book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" explains the complexity of color and color theory.

Carl Honore: "In Praise of Slowness" (Harper San Francisco) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2004

A self-described speedaholic calls for perspective and balance in our lives. Canadian journalist Carl Honore examines how our world got so frenetic, how this pace affects us, and a worldwide movement to slow down.

Readers' Review: "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown

November 24, 2004

You're invited to join the discussion of this best-selling thriller that explores some of Western culture's greatest mysteries - from Mona Lisa's smile to the secret of the Holy Grail.

Douglas Wilson: "Doug's Rooms" (Clarkson Potter)

November 23, 2004

If you want a bold new look in your home, but don't know where to begin, one of the designers of cable T.V.'s Trading Spaces offers his "Kick Start" method for transforming your space one room at a time.

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