Arts & Culture

Marilu Henner On Life With Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (Rebroadcast)

November 23, 2012

Actress Marilu Henner is one of the rare documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in the world. She tells us what it means to remember your life in detail and what the phenomenon tells us about the brain.

Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life" (Rebroadcast)

Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life" (Rebroadcast)

November 23, 2012

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists, but he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

The Civil War And American Art

The Civil War And American Art

November 13, 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.

Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

Alex Danchev: "Cezanne: A Life"

November 5, 2012

Paul Cezanne is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. But he was 56 years old before he had his first exhibition. A new biography on Cezanne's life and revolutionary paintings.

Jonathan Jones: "The Lost Battles"

Jonathan Jones: "The Lost Battles"

October 29, 2012

Art historian and critic Jonathan Jones details the fierce 16th century competition in Florence, Italy, between Leonardo da Vinci and his much younger rival, Michelangelo.

A Conversation With Singer, Actor And Dancer Ben Vereen

A Conversation With Singer, Actor And Dancer Ben Vereen

October 23, 2012

Ben Vereen's TV, film and stage career has spanned decades, with roles in the miniseries "Roots" and numerous Broadway musicals. A devastating accident gave the Tony Award-winning actor a reason to embrace life. He talks with Diane about his career and recent efforts to raise awareness about diabetes.

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

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

October 22, 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?

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

E-Books And Libraries

August 28, 2012

More than three-quarters of the nation's public libraries lend books electronically, a fact that's not widely known among the reading public. Some publishers worry that e-book borrowers don't buy books. But a recent study suggests that among those who read books electronically, 41 percent of those who borrow them from the library purchased their most recent e-book. Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the current and future role of e-books at our nation's libraries.

The Dictionary Of American Regional English (Rebroadcast)

The Dictionary Of American Regional English (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2012

The fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English covers "slug" to "zydeco." It is part of a 50-year project to capture regional dialects. Joan Hall, chief editor of the dictionary, and linguist Ben Zimmer join Diane to discuss what our language reveals about who we are.

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