Arts & Culture

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

May 12, 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.

Jim Lehrer: "Flying Crows" (Random House) & Kate Lehrer: "Confessions of a Bigamist" (Shaye Areheart Books)

May 10, 2004

Husband and wife Jim and Kate Lehrer talk about their different approaches to writing and their just-published new novels.

Mary Chapin Carpenter: "Between Here and Gone" (Sony)

May 7, 2004

Grammy-winning singer songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter joins Diane to talk about her career and her latest CD - "Between Here and Gone."

Dorie McCullough Lawson: "Posterity" (Doubleday)

May 4, 2004

In today's world of emails and instant messaging, letter writing seems to be going the way of rotary phones and typewriters. Author Dorie McCullough Lawson presents a collection of letters great Americans have written to their children.

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

April 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

David Attenborough

March 23, 2004

Britain's best-known natural history film maker reflects on his 50-year career in broadcasting.

Readers' Review: "The All of It" Jeannette Haien

March 17, 2004

A secret revealed after the death of a well-liked man in a small Irish town creates a moral dilemma for the local priest. The Readers' Review panel discusses a novel considered to be a sleeper hit when first published in 1986.

Readers' Review: "Middle Passage" by Charles Johnson

February 18, 2004

Diane and her guests discuss the 1990 National Book Award winning novel about a newly freed slave who accidentally boards a slave ship bound for Africa.

Martin Goldsmith: "The Beatles Come To America" (Wiley)

February 13, 2004

In February 1964, American pop culture was forever changed. For two weeks, the Beatles invaded the U.S., playing three concerts and appearing twice on the Ed Sullivan Show. Martin Goldsmith recreates the excitement of the Beatle's first...

Barbara Taylor Bradford: "Emma's Secret" (St. Martin's Press)

February 11, 2004

Know as the "Grande Dame of Modern Women's Literature," Barbara Taylor Bradford published her first best-selling novel, "A Woman of Substance," 25 years ago. She talks about her career and why in her latest book she...

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