Arts & Culture

Julia Alvarez: "In the Name of Salome" (Algonquin)

June 27, 2000

Julia Alvarez discusses her new novel, which is based on the lives of Salome Urena, a poet who at the age of 17 became one of the Dominican Republic's national icons, and her daughter Camila, who spent her own career teaching at Vassar...

Chinua Achebe: "Home and Exile"

June 22, 2000

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe joins Diane to discuss African literature and how it's been influenced by Western culture. In his new book he reflects on how European colonization affected his own childhood and education, and on how...

Norman Rockwell Exhibit

June 19, 2000

Norman Rockwell is well-known for his many cover illustrations for the "Saturday Evening Post", but his work is rarely considered by art critics. A new exhibit of his paintings, currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art...

Jane Alexander: "Command Performance" (Public Affairs)

June 7, 2000

In 1993, President Clinton asked acclaimed actress Jane Alexander to come to Washington as head of the National Endowment for the Arts. In her new book, she tells how she quickly gained a political education in her fight to protect arts...

Arthur Laurents: "Original Story By" (Knopf)

April 24, 2000

Playwright, screenwriter, and director Arthur Laurents recalls the glory days of Hollywood and Broadway in his new memoir. He knew everyone who was anyone, had fun, survived the blacklists and still managed to write "West Side...

James Parakilas: "Piano Roles" (Yale)

April 19, 2000

This year marks the three hundredth anniversary of the invention of the piano. Pianist and music professor James Parakilas presents the highlights of the instrument's history in his book.

Barbara Wallraff: "Word Court" (Harcourt)

March 28, 2000

Since 1993, Barbara Wallraff has untangled readers' questions about grammar and usage in her column for Atlantic Monthly Magazine. She's collected queries ranging from the instructive to the bizarre in her new book. She joins Diane to talk...

Smithsonian Secretary Larry Small

February 23, 2000

Last month, Larry Small took office as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. He has a background in banking, and happens to be an accomplished flamenco guitarist as well. He joins Diane to talk about his plans for the museum complex...

Honore Daumier Exhibit at the Phillips Collection

February 17, 2000

Diane and her guests discuss the career of 19th century French artist and caricaturist Honore Daumier. This weekend, the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever seen in the U.S. goes on display at the Phillips Collection in...

Marian Wright Edelman (rebroadcast)

January 17, 2000

Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, is one of the nation's leading advocates for children's rights. Her new memoir, "Lanterns" (Beacon), introduces the mentors who have inspired her through her life.

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