Arts & Culture

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.

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.

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