Arts & Culture

Readers' Review: Edward Jones' "The Known World"

February 16, 2005

This month's readers' review takes a look at slavery, property, freedom, and family through an unusual lens. Winner of the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, "The Known World" by...

Mary Doria Russell: "A Thread of Grace" (Random House)

February 15, 2005

In northwest Italy, peasants, priests, and native Italian Jews conspired to save the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. Mary Doria Russell presents a meticulously researched novel based on the true story of the...

Preview of Westminster Dog Show

February 10, 2005

For the past 129 years, dog enthusiasts have flocked to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to view breeds from around the world. The dog that wins Best in Show usually becomes an American celebrity. Diane and her guests talk about the...

Rita Mae Brown: "Cat's Eyewitness" (Bantam)

February 3, 2005

Author Rita Mae Brown talks about her unique writing partnership with her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown. They've teamed up again for a tale of the miraculous and the murderous, the thirteenth novel in the Mrs. Murphy mystery series.

Stella Rimington: "At Risk" (Knopf)

January 26, 2005

From 1992 to 1996, she was the first and only woman director general of Britain's domestic security service, MI5. Stella Rimington describes how she drew on her experiences to write a spy thriller featuring a female secret agent.

Renée Fleming: "The Inner Voice" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2005

Renowned soprano Renée Fleming describes how she developed her voice into what has become known as the gold standard of the soprano sound, and used it to become one of the world's most sought-after musical artists.

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Readers' Review: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon

January 19, 2005

Join Diane and a panel of readers to discuss this murder mystery novel with a difference. A 15-year-old boy discovers a murdered dog in his neighbor's garden and decides to find the killer. But he is a very unusual detective and...

Robert MacNeil: "Do You Speak American?" (Doubleday)

January 12, 2005

Americans might like the same fast-food chains, movies, and clothing stores, but they certainly don't sound alike. Robert MacNeil talks about his journey across the country in search of linguistic quirks and traditions in every area.

Rita Moreno

January 7, 2005

Actress Rita Moreno joins Diane to talk about her acclaimed career on stage and on screen.

Singer Denyce Graves (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2004

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves talks about her acclaimed career as an opera singer, and about the challenges she's faced in recent years, including depression, a high-risk pregnancy, and vocal cord surgery. She's now back on stage, recently...

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