Arts & Culture

Jim Cullen: "The American Dream" (Oxford)

June 26, 2003

In his new book, Jim Cullen looks at the idea of American dream and its importance to the American identity, tracing both its history, from colonial days to modern America, and its meaning, from religious and political freedom to equality...

Connie Bruck: "When Hollywood Had a King" (Random House)

June 25, 2003

"New Yorker" staff writer Connie Bruck presents her biography of Lew Wasserman, one of the entertainment industry's biggest powerbrokers of all time

Marsden Hartley Exhibit

June 6, 2003

Diane talks with the curator of a retrospective exhibit of works by modernist painter Marsden Hartley. Hartley's paintings include landscapes of his native Maine, scenes from his travels in the US and Europe, and his abstract "War...

Marian Burros: "Cooking for Comfort" (Simon & Schuster)

June 2, 2003

Best-selling author and "New York Times" columnist Marian Burros talks with Diane about her new cookbook, which was inspired by Americans' renewed interest in foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and in the cookies, cakes and...

Jean Zimmerman: "Made from Scratch" (Free Press)

May 8, 2003

It used to be that the domestic arts - sewing, cooking, cleaning - were seen as honorable endeavors. Not so today. As we head toward Mother's Day, we take a look at the history of homemaking in America, and talk about why we've lost pride...


May 8, 2003

Prominent conservative Bill Bennett said he'll quit gambling after a public report that it has cost him $8 million in the past 10 years. A panel talks about the gambling industry, lotteries and other games of chance, and why many states...

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Director

March 4, 2003

Diane talks to Ned Rifkin, director of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, about the museum's collection of modern artwork, the special exhibitions currently on display, and his views on modern art.

Edouard Vuillard - View the Images

February 18, 2003

Diane and her guests talk about a new, comprehensive exhibit of 19th- and 20th-century French artist Edouard Vuillard's work, now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. They'll talk about the pivotal art movements Vuillard...

Michael Cunningham: "The Hours" (Picador)

January 16, 2003

Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize--winning novel "The Hours" is the basis for a new, highly acclaimed movie. The author joins Diane to talk about the process by which his book was adapted for the screen.

Fast Talk

January 9, 2003

Linguistics professor and author Deborah Tannen says it seems to her that people are talking faster and faster nowadays - on TV, on voice-mail menus, even in her own classroom. She joins Diane to talk about research on rates of speech in...

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