Arts & Culture

Diane Keaton: "Then Again" (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2011

The Academy award-winning actress discusses her new memoir focusing on the close relationship she had with her mother.

Anita Desai:  "The Artist of Disappearance"

Anita Desai: "The Artist of Disappearance"

December 15, 2011

Diane talks with award-winning author, Anita Desai, about her new book of novellas. Set in modern India, the stories move beyond cities to places and characters haunted by the past.

Actor John Hurt

Actor John Hurt

December 1, 2011

John Hurt has spent much of his career playing misfits and outsiders. Although he’s known for his well worn face, he’s also known for his very distinctively rich voice. Hurt has appeared in over a hundred films in his five decades...

James Curtis: "Spencer Tracy: A Biography"

November 30, 2011

A new biography of Spencer Tracy offers new insights on the actor's career, his Catholicism, his relationship with his wife, his drinking and his 26-year on- and off-screen bond with Katharine Hepburn.

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Diane Keaton: "Then Again"

November 17, 2011

The Academy award-winning actress discusses her new memoir focusing on the close relationship she had with her mother.

Andrew Graham-Dixon:  "Caravaggio"

Andrew Graham-Dixon: "Caravaggio"

November 16, 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”.

Readers' Review: "Peter Pan" by J.M. Barrie

October 26, 2011

For October's Readers’ Review: the story of the boy who never grew up: “Peter Pan” by J. M. Barrie. One hundred years after the novel was first published we discuss why the novel continues to captivate children and adults alike.

Steven Naifeh:  "Van Gogh: The Life"

Steven Naifeh: "Van Gogh: The Life"

October 24, 2011

Nineteenth-century artist Vincent van Gogh is remembered for his madness as much as his art. The authors of a new biography offer fresh perspectives on both.

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