Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Kostova: "The Historian" (Little, Brown) (Rebroadcast)

August 31, 2005

One of the summer's hottest reads is a first novel by a woman who wrote in obscurity for ten years. She talks with Diane about writing a fresh take on the Dracula legend as seen through the eyes of scholars.

David Reynolds: "John Brown, Abolitionist" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

August 30, 2005

A distinguished professor of English and American Studies takes a look at the life of the controversial Abolitionist who used terror tactics against slavery and changed the course of American history.

Jane Fonda: "My Life So Far" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2005

America knows her as an actress and activist, a feminist and a wife, a workout guru and a role model. Diane talks with Jane Fonda about her childhood, films, and husbands. They discuss her public persona, personal demons, and what she...

Peggy Drexler: "Raising Boys Without Men" (Rodale)

August 23, 2005

More and more boys are being raised in families headed by women. A research psychologist explains why and how boys living in homes without fathers can and do excel.

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.

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