Arts & Culture

Violinist Joshua Bell

September 27, 2004

Diane talks with America's greatest classical violinist, performing this week with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. His latest CD is titled "Romance of the Violin."

The following recordings by Joshua Bell...

"Patrick O'Connell's Refined American Cuisine" (Bulfinch)

September 22, 2004

The Inn at Little Washington has been selected as one of the top ten restaurants in the world. Its chef celebrates the coming of age of American cooking and connects what he does in his restaurant with what can be done in the home kitchen.

Terry Gross: "All I Did Was Ask" (Hyperion)

September 20, 2004

The host of National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" joins Diane to talk about some of her favorite interviews.

Readers' Review: "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

September 15, 2004

One-hundred-fifty years ago, essayist, poet, philospher, and anti-slavery activist Henry David Thoreau published a book about his two years spent at Walden Woods. Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of this American classic.

Garret Keizer: "Help" (Harper San Francisco)

September 13, 2004

The author draws from history, literature, firsthand interviews, and personal anecdotes to ponder what's at stake when one human being tries to assist another.

NEA Chairman Dana Gioia

September 7, 2004

Poet Dana Gioia, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, joins Diane to discuss the role government plays in supporting American arts and culture.

Marvin Hamlisch (Rebroadcast)

September 6, 2004

Acclaimed composer and pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch joins Diane to talk about his career, which has spanned nearly every area of show business. His best-known compositions include the Broadway shows "A Chorus Line" and "Sweet...

Thomas Cottle: "When The Music Stopped" (SUNY Press)

August 11, 2004

A son tells the story of his mother, Gitta Gradova, who forfeited a career as an internationally renowned concert pianist for the sake of motherhood, only to return at age 80.

Joel Achenbach: "The Grand Idea" (Simon & Schuster)

July 23, 2004

The story of George Washington's bold vision for the Potomac River and how his dream shaped America's future.

Readers' Review: Edna Ferber's "So Big"

July 21, 2004

Diane invites listeners to join the discussion of this 1925 Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Set in turn-of-the-20th century rural and urban Chicago, the story follows the travails of a gambler's daughter as she struggles to maintain her...

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