Arts & Culture

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.

Colum McCann: "Let the Great World Spin" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2010

On a summer day in 1974 New Yorkers looked up to see an acrobat walking on a wire between the tops of the twin towers. In a new novel, Colum McCann imagines what was going on in the lives of the people on the streets below.

Singer Denyce Graves (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves talks about her acclaimed career as an opera singer, and about the challenges she's faced in recent years, including depression, a high-risk pregnancy, and vocal cord surgery.

Dr. Ralph Stanley: "Man of Constant Sorrow" (Gotham Books) (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2009

Grammy-award-winning banjo player and singer Ralph Stanley on the history and future of the remarkable music he brought from his home in the mountains of southwest Virginia to the world.

Wendell Berry: A conversation (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2009

Poet, author, essayist and farmer. Wendell Berry, known as the grandfather of the slow food movement, discusses food for the body and poetry for the soul.

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