Arts & Culture

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...

Arnold Weinstein: "A Scream Goes Through The House" (Random House)

February 2, 2004

A professor of literature guides us through great works of art to reveal how literature can be a unique form of human connection.

Ken Auletta: "Backstory" (The Penguin Press)

January 23, 2004

Ken Auletta has been called "America's premier media critic." Since 1992 he's written the "Annals of Communications" column for The New Yorker. His latest book, "Backstory" is a collection of his columns, revised...

Readers' Review: "The Dead" by James Joyce

January 21, 2004

A wife tells her husband about a long dead lover that haunts her past in this wintery tale from "Dubliners," a classic volume of short stories by Irish writer James Joyce.

Judy Collins: "Sanity and Grace" (Tarcher Putnam) (Rebroadcast)

January 19, 2004

In January 1992, the 33-year-old only son of singer/songwriter Judy Collins committed suicide. Her new book sheds light on the taboo subject of suicide and describes her journey to find the strength to survive.

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

January 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...

Tim Friend: "Animal Talk" (Free Press)

January 8, 2004

USA Today science writer Tim Friend takes us on a journey through the growls, cries, shrieks, rumbles, and roars of the animal kingdom. He draws on the latest research and his own field observations to break the code of communication...

Twyla Tharp: "The Creative Habit" (Simon & Schuster) (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2004

Internationally renowned for her modern ballets, choreographer Twyla Tharp has thought a great deal about what it means to be creative and how to achieve it. She offers practical guidlines on how to learn the creative habit and use it for...

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