Arts & Culture

John Brookes: "Garden Masterclass" (DK)

October 31, 2003

John Brookes is one of the best known landscape designers in Great Britain. He gives listeners a mini-version of his popular workshop on garden design.

Jane Yolen: "The Radiation Sonnets" (Algonquin)

October 30, 2003

In July, 2002, bestselling children's author Jane Yolen's husband was diagnosed with an inoperable skull tumor. Jane coped by writing a sonnet for each day of her husband’s radiation treatment. "The Radiation Sonnets" are...

Arlo Guthrie

October 29, 2003

The eldest son of legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie launched his own recording career in 1967 with his cult classic, talking-blues epic about draft dodging, "Alice's Restaurant." Nearly four decades later, his...

David Guterson: "Our Lady of the Forest" (Knopf)

October 24, 2003

The author of "Snow Falling on Cedars" presents his latest novel. Set in a depressed, Pacific Northwest logging town, it is the story of a young, runaway girl who has visions of the Virgin Mary.

Michael Dirda: "An Open Book" (WW Norton)

October 21, 2003

As a child growing up in a small town in Ohio, Michael Dirda developed a passion for reading. "An Open Book" is the personal story of how a pudgy, near-sighted kid developed into a Pulitzer Prize winning writer.

Twyla Tharp: "The Creative Habit" (Simon & Schuster)

October 9, 2003

Internationally renowned for her modern ballets, choreographer Twyla Tharp has thought a great deal about what it means to be creative and how to achieve it. She offers practical guidlines on how to learn the creative habit and use it for...

Julie Andrews: "Dumpy and the Firefighters" (HarperCollins), "Simeon's Gift" (Julie Andrews Collection)

October 3, 2003

She's best known for her roles in "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," but Julie Andrews is also the author of numerous children's books. She's recently launched The Julie Andrews Collection of books for young readers...

Nadeau & Barlow: "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" (Sourcebooks)

September 2, 2003

We love their food and fashion, but we don't always love their foreign policy. Husband-and-wife authors Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow tell of their extensive research into French history and culture in pursuit of an answer to the...

Erica Jong: "Sappho's Leap" (W.W. Norton) (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2003

Best-selling author Erica Jong's latest novel explores how contemporary attitudes toward sexuality compare with those of about 600 B.C., when Greek lyric poet Sappho was writing her erotic verse.

Katy Lederer: "Poker Face" (Crown)

August 21, 2003

Katy Lederer presents her memoir of a "girlhood among gamblers." She tells how her brother, sister and mother all became drawn into the world of high-stakes poker, and about her own flirtation with the gambling life.

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