Arts & Culture

Selena Roberts: "A Necessary Spectacle" (Crown)

August 18, 2005

The legacy of tennis icon Billie Jean King is traced from the "Battle of the Sexes" against Bobby Riggs through Title IX legislation, and to contemporary women's sports champions, such as Venus and Serena Williams.

Readers' Review: "Fair and Tender Ladies" by Lee Smith

August 17, 2005

Listeners join Diane to talk about Lee Smith's story of Ivy Rowe, a woman born in Appalachian Virginia in 1900, as told in a lifetime's worth of Ivy's letters.

John Irving: "Until I Find You" (Random House)

August 16, 2005

The award-winning, best-selling author presents his latest novel. It's a semi-autobiographical look at women as sexual predators, missing fathers, the fallibility of memory, stolen childhoods, acting, celebrity, church organs, and...

Emily Yoffe: "What the Dog Did" (Bloomsbury)

August 15, 2005

A life-long cat lover tells the tale of how she became a dog lover.

John Richardson: "My Father the Spy" (HarperCollins)

August 11, 2005

An investigative journalist pieces together his father's rise through the ranks of the CIA from post-war Europe to Vietnam and Korea. He recounts his adolescent rebellion against what his father represented and how he's come to understand...

Vicki Constantine Croke: "The Lady and the Panda" (Random House)

August 8, 2005

In 1936, a widowed young socialite took on her late husband's planned expedition to China in search of a live panda. Diane and her guest talk about the panda-monium set off when she returned with a baby panda cradled in her arms.

Bebe Moore Campbell: "72 Hour Hold" (Knopf)

August 4, 2005

Author Bebe Moore Campbell presents her new novel about an African American mother who's willing to try just about anything to help her mentally ill teenage daughter.

Ann Blackman: "Wild Rose" (Random House)

July 25, 2005

Rose O'Neale Greenhow was a Washington socialite, raised in the Old South. A new biography reveals how the beautiful hostess became a Confederate ambassador and a spy.

Readers Review: "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula Le Guin

July 20, 2005

Listeners join the discussion of the first in a series of books considered to be a classic of fantasy literature. It's a story for readers of all ages about a young man who finds himself by learning from his mistakes, masters the words of...

Edward Dolnick: "The Rescue Artist" (HarperCollins)

July 19, 2005

In 1994, two men using only a ladder and a hammer managed to steal one of the world's best-known paintings. Author Edward Dolnick tells the story of the stealing of Edvard Munch's "Scream" and the half-English, half-American...

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