Arts & Culture

Marketing Violent Media to Children

September 14, 2000

The Federal Trade Commission released a report this week concluding that the entertainment industry deliberately targets children in marketing movies, video games and music with violent content. A panel talks about the details of the FTC's...

Rachel Abramowitz: "Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?" (Random House)

August 17, 2000

While women have always been visible in movies as starlets and leading ladies, few have attained showbiz power as screenwriters, directors, or producers. In her new book, journalist Rachel Abramowitz profiles some of the women who are...

Robin Tolmach Lakoff: "The Language War" (University of California Press)

July 14, 2000

Linguist Robin Lakoff reviews recent news coverage and offers a detailed analysis of how language is used to convey several levels of meaning.

Julia Alvarez: "In the Name of Salome" (Algonquin)

June 27, 2000

Julia Alvarez discusses her new novel, which is based on the lives of Salome Urena, a poet who at the age of 17 became one of the Dominican Republic's national icons, and her daughter Camila, who spent her own career teaching at Vassar...

Chinua Achebe: "Home and Exile"

June 22, 2000

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe joins Diane to discuss African literature and how it's been influenced by Western culture. In his new book he reflects on how European colonization affected his own childhood and education, and on how...

Norman Rockwell Exhibit

June 19, 2000

Norman Rockwell is well-known for his many cover illustrations for the "Saturday Evening Post", but his work is rarely considered by art critics. A new exhibit of his paintings, currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art...

Jane Alexander: "Command Performance" (Public Affairs)

June 7, 2000

In 1993, President Clinton asked acclaimed actress Jane Alexander to come to Washington as head of the National Endowment for the Arts. In her new book, she tells how she quickly gained a political education in her fight to protect arts...

Arthur Laurents: "Original Story By" (Knopf)

April 24, 2000

Playwright, screenwriter, and director Arthur Laurents recalls the glory days of Hollywood and Broadway in his new memoir. He knew everyone who was anyone, had fun, survived the blacklists and still managed to write "West Side...

James Parakilas: "Piano Roles" (Yale)

April 19, 2000

This year marks the three hundredth anniversary of the invention of the piano. Pianist and music professor James Parakilas presents the highlights of the instrument's history in his book.

Barbara Wallraff: "Word Court" (Harcourt)

March 28, 2000

Since 1993, Barbara Wallraff has untangled readers' questions about grammar and usage in her column for Atlantic Monthly Magazine. She's collected queries ranging from the instructive to the bizarre in her new book. She joins Diane to talk...

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