Arts & Culture

"Healing at the Speed of Sound"

October 13, 2011

Too much of the wrong types of sounds can be as bad for us as junk food, according to our guest today. But getting the right sound mix can improve our health, productivity and mental agility. Don Campbell, author of “Healing at the Speed of Sound” explains why a healthy sound diet is so critical to our well-being.

Errol Morris:  "Believing Is Seeing"

Errol Morris: "Believing Is Seeing"

October 5, 2011

Errol Morris' documentaries challenge conventional ways of interpreting the known world. In a new book of essays, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker explores how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal, and why what we see is often determined by our own beliefs.

John Lithgow:  "Drama:  An Actor's Education"

John Lithgow: "Drama: An Actor's Education"

September 29, 2011

John Lithgow talks with Diane about the backstage history of his acting career in the years before he became nationally known. The award-winning actor relives his collaboration with renowned performers and directors and explains why he's driven to perform.

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

Readers' Review: "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair

September 28, 2011

A Readers' Review of "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair. The novel exposed the plight of immigrants and shocking conditions within the meat packing industry at the start of the 20th century.

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

August 24, 2011

This month's Readers' Review is a charming book about reading, letters and life on the island of Guernsey during and after World War II.

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

August 16, 2011

On the frontlines of school reform: A veteran journalist reports on an unlikely coalition of parents, teachers, Republicans and Democrats trying to fix America’s failing schools.

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow"

July 6, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

June 8, 2011

Author Ann Patchett talks about her latest novel, "State of Wonder," an adventure story about a quest in the Amazon.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

June 2, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

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