Arts & Culture

Danny Aiello: "I Only Know Who I Am When I'm Somebody Else"

Danny Aiello: "I Only Know Who I Am When I'm Somebody Else"

October 13, 2014

Academy Award-nominated actor Danny Aiello reflects on his childhood and life on stage and screen. How he broke into the acting world at age 40 and his work on more than 85 films, including "Moonstruck" and "Do The Right Thing."

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

August 27, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it was the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

The Art Of Getting Lost

The Art Of Getting Lost

August 13, 2014

Remember how we used to plan road trips? Get out the atlas, find the highways, roads and rural routes that would get us from Point A to Point B. And what happened if we got lost? Pull over to the side of the road and ask for directions...

Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

July 24, 2014

Michelangelo created some of the most celebrated works in the history of Western art, including the Pieta, David and the Sistine Chapel: his life, legacy and how he revolutionized the role of art in society.

The Future of Classical Music

The Future of Classical Music

July 22, 2014

A look at the current state of classical music in American culture, the financial health of its institutions, and new efforts to make it more accessible to millenials.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein On Sharing Her Love Of Bach  (Rebroadcast)

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein On Sharing Her Love Of Bach (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2014

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein fell in love with the music of Bach as a child. She speaks with Diane about her life, her music and her new education initiative called "Bachpacking."

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

July 2, 2014

A conversation with Natalie Merchant about her new album, her first release of original music in 13 years.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

June 17, 2014

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

June 9, 2014

As the second season of "Orange Is The New Black" premiers on Netflix, the woman that inspired the series, Piper Kerman, joins Diane to talk about her experience behind bars and her work on prison reform.

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