Arts & Culture

Michael Mandelbaum: "The Meaning of Sports" (PublicAffairs)

June 30, 2004

One of the nation's leading authorities on foreign policy and international relations explains why Americans love to watch baseball, football and basketball.

Edna Buchanan: "Cold Case Squad" (Simon & Schuster)

June 25, 2004

She won a Pulitzer Prize for her police-beat reporting before becoming a best-selling novelist. Edna Buchanan presents her latest novel of suspense. It's the first in a new series revolving aorund four Miami police detectives who breathe...

Kent Haruf: "Eventide" (Knopf)

June 23, 2004

In "Plainsong," novelist Kent Haruf wrote about the ranchers and townsfolk of Holt, Colorado, a fictional community on the high plains of eastern Colorado. He tells Diane why he chose to show a darker side of life in Holt in his...

Barry Lopez: "Resistance" (Knopf)

June 22, 2004

In Barry Lopez's new work of fiction, nine people living abroad are called to the U.S. to speak with security authorities about their work. They choose instead to go underground, leaving behind revealing, often politically charged personal...

Readers' Review: "Bloomsday" Centenary

June 16, 2004

June 16th marks the day in 1904 on which all of the action in James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place. To commemorate "Bloomsday," Diane and a panel of scholars discuss selected passages from the novel many consider the...

Marvin Hamlisch

June 15, 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...

Karen Joy Fowler: "The Jane Austen Book Club" (Marian Wood Books)

June 9, 2004

The author describes her latest book about an "all-Jane-Austen-all-the-time" reading group. Karen Joy Fowler explains the premise behind her contemporary comedy of manners.

Readers' Review: "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier

May 26, 2004

Diane invites listeners to join a panel discussion of one of the most famous and suspenseful gothic novels of the 20th century.

Bob Edwards: "Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism" (Wiley)

May 21, 2004

One of America's best-known broadcasters examines the life and legacy of this country's first and perhaps greatest broadcaster.

Frederick Hitz: "The Great Game" (Knopf)

May 18, 2004

The former inspector general of the CIA compares the classics of spy literature to the stark realities of the actual world of espionage.

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