Arts & Culture

Yo-Yo Ma

July 2, 2002

Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his career and the Smithsonian's annual Folklife Festival. The festival is currently showcasing the Silk Road Project, which explores the cross-pollination of ideas, cultures, music, and art that...

Jane Smiley: "Charles Dickens" (Viking)

May 30, 2002

Novelist Jane Smiley pays tribute to one of the all-time greats of English literature in her new biography of Charles Dickens. She joins Diane to talk about how Dickens' life and novels shaped each other.

Jean Auel: "The Shelters of Stone" (Crown)

May 9, 2002

Jean Auel talks about her best-selling novels set in the Ice Age, beginning with Clan of the Cave Bear, in which we met Ayla, a Cro-Magnon girl raised by Neanderthals. The author relates Ayla's latest adventures in her newest novel...


May 7, 2002

Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of Spain's most famous painters. A new exhibit at the National Gallery of Art focuses on Goya's portraits of women. The National Gallery's curator of the exhibit, Janis Tomlinson, joins Diane...

Richard Rodriguez: "Brown" (Viking)

April 26, 2002

American race relations are often thought of only in terms of black and white. In his new book, "Brown," essayist Richard Rodriguez examines the growing influence Hispanics are having on our culture.

Da Chen: "Sounds of the River" (Harper Collins)

March 5, 2002

Da Chen's memoir "Colors of the Mountain" told the story of growing up in rural China amidst the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution. In a new volume, he recounts his studies in Beijing and his emigration to the U.S.

Sebastian Faulks: "On Green Dolphin Street" (Random House)

February 4, 2002

British writer Sebastian Faulks' latest novel is a love story with political undertones. It's set in Cold War America, as Miles Davis plays on turntables at cocktail parties, and the Nixon/Kennedy campaign signals the advent of a starkly...

Margaret Mead Special, Part I

December 13, 2001

In this special presentation, Diane leads an exploration of the life and work of anthropologist Margaret Mead. This year marks the centenary of Mead's birth.

Sam Maloof

November 30, 2001

Sam Maloof, an influential furniture designer and the first craft artist to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, discusses the retrospective exhibition of his work on display at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in...

Diane Ackerman: "Cultivating Delight" (Harper Collins) (Rebroadcast)

November 23, 2001

In her new book, poet and essayist Diane Ackerman discusses the joys of gardening in all seasons, starting with her own plot of flowers, weeds, beauty and chaos in Ithaca, New York.

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