Arts & Culture

Michael Cunningham: "The Hours" (Picador)

January 16, 2003

Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize--winning novel "The Hours" is the basis for a new, highly acclaimed movie. The author joins Diane to talk about the process by which his book was adapted for the screen.

Fast Talk

January 9, 2003

Linguistics professor and author Deborah Tannen says it seems to her that people are talking faster and faster nowadays - on TV, on voice-mail menus, even in her own classroom. She joins Diane to talk about research on rates of speech in...

Ann Louise Bardach: "Cuba Confidential" (Random House)

October 14, 2002

Forty years after the Cuban missile crisis gripped the world, investigative journalist Ann Louise Bardach's new book presents Cuba as she has observed it over the past decade.

Pierre Bonnard at the Phillips Collection

September 26, 2002

A panel talks about a new exhibit of the works of post-Impressionist Pierre Bonnard, now on view at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, and slated for later exhibition at the Denver Art Museum.

Jean Auel: "The Shelters of Stone" (Crown) (Rebroadcast)

August 28, 2002

Jean Auel talks about her best-selling novels set in the Ice Age, beginning with Clan of the Cave Bear, in which we met Ayla, a Cro-Magnon girl raised by Neanderthals. The author relates Ayla's latest adventures in her newest novel...

Robert Pinsky: "Poems to Read" (WW Norton)

July 15, 2002

While serving as U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky launched The Favorite Poem Project, now a multimedia archive dedicated to Americans and the poems they love. Pinsky talks about his newest poetry anthology, which he co-edited with Maggie...

Richard Rodriguez: "Brown" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2002

American race relations are often thought of only in terms of black and white. In his new book, "Brown," essayist Richard Rodriguez examines the growing influence Hispanics are having on our culture.

Yo-Yo Ma

July 2, 2002

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his career and the Smithsonian's annual Folklife Festival. The festival is currently showcasing the Silk Road Project, which explores the cross-pollination of ideas, cultures, music, and art that...

Jane Smiley: "Charles Dickens" (Viking)

May 30, 2002

Novelist Jane Smiley pays tribute to one of the all-time greats of English literature in her new biography of Charles Dickens. She joins Diane to talk about how Dickens' life and novels shaped each other.

Jean Auel: "The Shelters of Stone" (Crown)

May 9, 2002

Jean Auel talks about her best-selling novels set in the Ice Age, beginning with Clan of the Cave Bear, in which we met Ayla, a Cro-Magnon girl raised by Neanderthals. The author relates Ayla's latest adventures in her newest novel...

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