Arts & Culture

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

Leon Fleisher & Anne Midgette: "My Nine Lives"

December 6, 2010

Leon Fleisher talks about his many musical careers. The promising pianist made his Carnegie Hall debut at 16, but was struck down in his prime. He describes how his love of music rescued him after he lost the use of his right hand.

Autobiography of Mark Twain

December 1, 2010

Mark Twain left instructions that his unedited autobiography not be published until one hundred years after his death. This year marks the centennial of the author’s demise. The first of three large volumes was just published. In it the...

Anne Rice:  "Of Love and Evil"

Anne Rice: "Of Love and Evil"

November 29, 2010

In the new book, "Of Love and Evil,” Tobey O’Dare is a former government assassin who changes his life by working for angels. The story is part of Anne Rice’s series “Songs of Seraphim.” Rice changed her own life when she...

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

A.E. Hotchner: "Paul and Me" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

Author A.E. Hotchner's intimate account of his remarkable fifty-three year friendship with Hollywood icon Paul Newman. The two met on a television project in 1955. Many decades later, they started Newman's Own food line as a prank and...

Helen Simonson:  "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" (Rebroadcast)

November 26, 2010

A proper, proud, retired British officer courts a local widow of Pakistani descent in this debut novel. Author Helen Simonson discusses the power of romance to transcend modern stereotypes about culture and religion.

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Readers Review: "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry

November 24, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry. Hannah is an old woman who has experienced much loss but has never been defeated. Hannah is a twice-widowed mother of three. She finds herself...

Salman Rushdie: "Luka and the Fire of Life"

November 18, 2010

Salman Rushdie talks about his new book, written as a gift for his teenage son. It features a boy on an old-fashioned quest to rescue his fading father and his imaginary world.

Reza Aslan: "Tablet and Pen"

November 16, 2010

An Iranian-American writer talks about fostering understanding through literature. He opens a window to the history of the modern Middle East and its diverse cultures through the words of its most influential writers, some translated into English for the first time.

Kevin Spacey "Casino Jack"

Kevin Spacey "Casino Jack"

November 10, 2010

Two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey has spent much of his career playing morally ambiguous characters. In his upcoming film “Casino Jack,” Spacey plays disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff who served time in prison on fraud...

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