Arts & Culture

Nicholas Basbanes: "Patience and Fortitude" (Harper Collins)

November 8, 2001

Nicholas Basbanes explores the culture of book lovers, librarians, and collectors in his new work. The title comes from the names of the famous stone lions found at the entrance to New York City's public library.

Linda Emmett and Ray White: "The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin" (Knopf)

October 31, 2001

Diane talks with Linda Emmet, daughter of songwriter Irving Berlin and co-editor of a new comprehensive volume of his works, including "God Bless America." They're joined by Ray White, curator of the Irving Berlin Collection at the...

Diane Ackerman: "Cultivating Delight" (Harper Collins)

October 30, 2001

In her new book, poet and essayist Diane Ackerman discusses the joys of gardening in all seasons, starting with her own plot of flowers, weeds, beauty and chaos in Ithaca, New York.

Librarian of Congress

September 5, 2001

Diane talks with James Billington, Librarian of Congress since 1987, about the upcoming National Book Festival, hosted by First Lady Laura Bush, and about the resources and mission of the world's largest library.

Joan Dye Gussow: "This Organic Life" (Chelsea Green)

August 22, 2001

For the past four decades, "suburban homesteader" Joan Dye Gussow has grown much of her own food in her own garden. She'll explain how she's done this, and talk about the appeal of organic and home-grown food in our increasingly...

Milo Beach of the Freer and Sackler Galleries

July 5, 2001

Diane talks with Milo Beach, outgoing director of the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. These two museums house the Smithsonian's extensive collection of Asian art.

Maria DiBattista: "Fast-Talking Dames" (Yale)

June 8, 2001

Actresses of the 1930s and 40s - like Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, and Myrna Loy - are remembered for roles and performances that were smart and sassy. Maria DiBattista, a professor of English and film studies at Princeton...

Rita Golden Gelman: "Tales of a Female Nomad" (Crown)

May 31, 2001

For the past 15 years, children's book author Rita Golden Gelman has had no fixed address, traveling through Mexico, Nicaragua, the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, Bali, and places in between. In her new memoir, she relates how she started...

David Sibley: "The Sibley Guide to Birds" (Knopf)

May 30, 2001

David Allen Sibley began drawing birds when he was only 7 years old. . . and hasn't stopped yet. Last fall, his guide to birds was published to great acclaim. The author-illustrator joins Diane to talk about his lifelong passion for...

Deborah Tannen: "I Only Say This Because I Love You" (Random House)

May 10, 2001

Deborah Tannen, a linguist and leading expert on the ways people communicate, examines conversation within families in her new book. It might be helpful to listen in before Mothers' Day (this Sunday!).

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