Arts & Culture

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...

Ian McEwan: "Saturday" (Doubleday)

March 31, 2005

The best-selling author's latest novel takes a look at 24 hours in the life of a successful British neurosurgeon on the eve of the Iraq war.

Scott Sandage: "Born Losers" (Harvard University Press)

March 28, 2005

The American Dream stresses winning over losing. But not everyone makes it. A historian examines the flip side of success through the stories of dreamers, suckers, and other misfits.

Gene Wilder: "Kiss Me Like A Stranger" (St. Martin's)

March 24, 2005

The star of such classic film comedies as "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles," and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" talks about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on...

Readers Review: Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

March 16, 2005

The play opened on Broadway 56 years ago and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1949...

Marilynne Robinson: "Gilead" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

March 11, 2005

Twenty-four years have passed since her first critically acclaimed novel. Marilynne Robinson presents her long-awaited second novel about an aging minister reflecting on his abolitionist ancestors, spirituality, and the mysteries of life.

Ellen Langer: "On Becoming an Artist" (Ballantine)

March 10, 2005

Many people only dream of making music, painting, or writing. A Harvard professor of psychology shares her journey as an untaught painter and outlines ways for everyone to defeat obstacles to the creative life.

Leah Hager Cohen: "Without Apology" (Random House)

March 4, 2005

Until she visited downtown Boston's Somerville Boxing Club, the writer regarded boxing with disgust. Her opinion changed after she met four adolescent girls and their trainer. She describes what she learned in the gym about herself...

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