Arts & Culture

Conversations At The American Film Institute With The Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation"

Conversations At The American Film Institute With The Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation"

June 25, 2012

The American Film Institute’s founding director George Stevens offers an inside look at the art and craft of making movies. His new book presents conversations between students and moviemakers from the 1950s to Hollywood today.

Norman Lear & Kathleen Turner

Norman Lear & Kathleen Turner

June 20, 2012

Producer Norman Lear made television history with "All in the Family." Actress Kathleen Turner is a star of the screen and stage. Their careers and shared political activism.

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

May 2, 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.

Marilu Henner on Life with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

April 30, 2012

Actress Marilu Henner is one of the rare documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in the world. It's an ability that allows her to vividly recall every detail of every day of her life since childhood. Henner is a...

Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

Pianist and Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy

April 10, 2012

Vladimir Ashkenazy is a classical music star who was born in the Stalinist era in the Soviet Union. He moved to London in the 1960s. Ashkenazy is a renowned chamber music performer and six-time Grammy award-winning pianist. He is also a...

Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning"

March 27, 2012

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

The Dictionary of American Regional English

The Dictionary of American Regional English

March 7, 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.

White House Decision On Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

January 19, 2012

The Obama administration rejects TransCanada’s application for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline: Economic and political implications of the decision and prospects for an alternative route

Peggy Orenstein: "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2011

The long and short term affects of "princess mania" on our daughters identities. Why pink and sparkly is so popular for young girls today and the role marketing plays in packaging and promoting it.

Andrew Graham-Dixon:  "Caravaggio" (Rebroadcast)

Andrew Graham-Dixon: "Caravaggio" (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2011

Caravaggio was dead before he was forty. But in his short life he managed to turn art on its head. His passion for light defined 17th century art and a generation of artists that followed. But he lived his life in the shadowy world of criminals, pimps and prostitutes. Joining us to discuss the man and his art, is Andrew Graham-Dixon, author of “Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane”.

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