Arts & Culture

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...

Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale)

July 18, 2005

A small, mysterious bird has been flying along the Pacific coast since well before Captain Cook mapped those shores. A nature writer reveals why it took 185 years to find its secret nesting place and how it's now endangered.

Marc Shell: "Polio and its Aftermath" (Harvard U. Press)

July 15, 2005

Fifty years ago, Jonas Salk announced a vaccine against polio. But the disease remains far from conquered. A survivor of childhood polio examines the impact of polio on our culture and what it still can teach us.

East Meets West: Hiroshige at the Phillips Collection

July 13, 2005

An exhibit at the Phillips Collection in Washington illustrates the influence of 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints on early Western modern painting. Diane and her guests talk about this cultural and artistic encounter and how it...

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

July 11, 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.

John Sacret Young: "Remains: Non-Viewable"

July 7, 2005

The co-creator, writer, and executive producer of "China Beach," the television series about Vietnam, offers a memoir about how the death of his first cousin in Vietnam impacted his life and shaped him as a writer.

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