Arts & Culture

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

June 8, 2011

Author Ann Patchett talks about her latest novel, "State of Wonder," an adventure story about a quest in the Amazon.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

June 2, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Carly Simon on Music, Life and Baseball (Rebroadcast)

May 30, 2011

Carly Simon sings Take Me Out to the Ball Game and talks about the years when her parents invited baseball legend Jackie Robinson to stay with her family. The singer/songwriter reflects on her life, music and childhood love of baseball.

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

May 23, 2011

Edna O'Brien writes stories of the sad and the stranded, the hopeful and the lovelorn. The author talks with Diane about her decades-long writing career and why she keeps Ireland at the heart of her work.

Jonathan Kay: "Among the Truthers"

May 12, 2011

Conspiracy theories always existed to explain pivotal events: President Kennedy’s assassination, the moon landing, the spread of AIDS. Diane and her guest talk about America's growing fascination with conspiracies theories.

Growing Concern Over China's Human Rights Record

May 11, 2011

China steps up arrests of artists, journalists and activists. The U.S. and other nations have condemned the actions. China's human rights record amid its growing global influence.

Suzanne Marrs: "What There Is to Say We Have Said"

Suzanne Marrs: "What There Is to Say We Have Said"

May 10, 2011

Friendship and life as a writer: a correspondence lasting over fifty years between two of America's most admired writers - Eudora Welty and William Maxwell - displays the forgotten art of letter writing.

Alice Walker: "The Chicken Chronicles"

Alice Walker: "The Chicken Chronicles"

May 2, 2011

Alice Walker is a renowned author, poet and activist, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple." She discusses how raising backyard chickens turned into a journey of personal discovery.

Readers' Review: "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

April 27, 2011

A new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's gothic tale about an orphan-turned-governess has hit movie theaters. In this month's Readers' Review, Diane invites listeners to discuss "Jane Eyre," the novel first published in 1847.

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