Arts & Culture

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

April 27, 2010

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter talks about her latest album, "The Age of Miracles." She describes it as "a personal exploration of regret and resilience but also a ... more universal expression of wonder" of the times...

Jim Lehrer: "Super"

Jim Lehrer: "Super"

April 20, 2010

Every night millions of viewers watch Jim Lehrer host the NewsHour on PBS. Many are also fans of his novels, plays and memoirs. He talks about his new book and journalism in the digital age.

Readers'  Review: "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Readers' Review: "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

March 31, 2010

"The Scarlet Letter" tells the story of a passionate young woman, her cowardly lover and her aging, vengeful husband. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote it in the 19th century but set it in the Puritan community of 17th-century Boston. Its...

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

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

March 29, 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...

Jules Feiffer: "Backing Into Forward"

Jules Feiffer: "Backing Into Forward"

March 18, 2010

Cartoonist, playwright and author Jules Feiffer on finding his life's work.

Helen Simonson: "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"

March 8, 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.

Sheena Iyengar: "The Art of Choosing"

March 3, 2010

The power of choice: Understanding the motivations, biases, and cultural influences that determine the choices, large and small, we make in our lives

Readers Review: "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer

January 27, 2010

Diane invites you to join this month's readers' review. In the "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer, a masterpiece of modern architecture acts as a window on the hopes and fears of its inhabitants.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman

January 25, 2010

Rocco Landesman produced Broadway mega-hits like Angels in America and The Producers. He explains why he's come to Washington to chair the National Endowment for the Arts.

America in Decline?

America in Decline?

January 19, 2010

American history is marked by cycles of crisis and renewal. Today's financial, political and social issues have many asking if the nation is in decline. A discussion of how, and why, America will rise again.

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