Arts & Culture

Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach

May 29, 2013

A novel about love, friendship, the pursuit of perfection – and baseball. For this month's Readers' Review: "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey (Rebroadcast)

May 27, 2013

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

April 29, 2013

Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and decades-long career in film, and now, opera. His seminal movies include "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."

Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings"

April 22, 2013

Meg Wolitzer's latest novel begins in 1974 when six teenagers meet at an artsy summer camp. It traces their lifelong friendship and how their individual talents play out in life.

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

April 9, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Former West Wing Actor Richard Schiff

February 4, 2013

Richard Schiff won an Emmy Award for his role as White House communications director Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing." Schiff talks about his latest theater work and why he never planned to be an actor.

The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books

January 29, 2013

Audio books are on the rise. Some love their convenience and enjoy being read to, others say listening to a narrated book is not the same as reading. Diane and her guests discuss implications of a coming audio book boom.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey

January 23, 2013

Natasha Trethewey says there’s a poem out there for everyone. Her poetry explores the interplay of race and memory in her life and in American history. She joins Diane to discuss what she hopes to accomplish as the U.S. Poet Laureate.

Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight" (Rebroadcast)

Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight" (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2012

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

The Civil War And American Art (Rebroadcast)

The Civil War And American Art (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2012

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., explores how the Civil War redefined American art and painting. Diane is joined by exhibit curator Eleanor Jones Harvey.

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