Arts & Culture

Patricia O'Toole: "When Trumpets Call" (Simon & Schuster)

May 25, 2005

After he left the White House at age 50, President Theodore Roosevelt struggled to recover power and find a sense of purpose. Diane talks with the author of a new book focusing on the last decade of his life.

Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan: "Sinatra: The Life" (Knopf)

May 20, 2005

As a young man, Frank Sinatra set out to be the best singer in the world. A new biography of the singer draws on new information to reveal how his legendary voice took him to the top ... with help from the mob. The authors talk about the...

Readers Review: "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson

May 18, 2005

Marilynne Robinson recently won a Pulitzer Prize for her latest novel, "Gilead." Our readers review panel takes a look back at her first novel, which has been called a modern classic. "Housekeeping" is the story of two...

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

May 12, 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.

Goldie Hawn: "A Lotus Grows in the Mud" (Putnam)

May 9, 2005

She's been called the smartest dumb blond in Hollywood. Goldie Hawn found stardom in the 60s on television in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. She went on to become an Academy Award winning actress and acclaimed film producer and director...

Eli Wallach: "The Good, the Bad, and Me" (Harcourt)

May 5, 2005

The actor looks back on over fifty years on stage and in the movies and on his fifty-seven year marriage to actress Anne Jackson.

Jim Lehrer: "The Franklin Affair" (Random House)

April 25, 2005

In his 15th novel, the PBS news anchor investigates a possible 18th century scandal. His new book uncovers some little known controversies about the life of Benjamin Franklin and provides a satire of the world of founding father...

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

April 15, 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...

Joan Klingel Ray, "Jane Austen 101"

April 11, 2005

Jane Austen is an 18th century novelist whose work inspires shelves of scholarly literary criticism as well as passionate devotion by ordinary readers. Diane and her guest discuss why the world loves Jane Austen.

Elizabeth Berg: "The Year of Pleasures" (Random House)

April 6, 2005

She's written fourteen novels dealing with different aspects of being a woman. Her latest is about a middle aged woman learning to live and love again after her husband dies. Elizabeth Berg talks with Diane about the unique relationship...

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