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John Dean: "The Nixon Defense:  What He Knew and When He Knew It"

John Dean: "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It"

July 28, 2014

Forty years after Watergate you may think we have learned all there is to know about the scandal. But a key member of Nixon's White House disagrees. John Dean talks with guest host Susan Page about what he now believes the president knew and when he knew it.

Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

Miles J. Unger: "Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces"

July 24, 2014

Michelangelo created some of the most celebrated works in the history of Western art, including the Pieta, David and the Sistine Chapel: his life, legacy and how he revolutionized the role of art in society.

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Readers' Review: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

July 23, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: A novel about a beautiful and smart Nigerian woman who leaves military-ruled Nigeria and heads for America. For the first time, she must grapple with what it means to be black. Diane Rehm and a panel of guests discuss the award-winning novel "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

Chris Bohjalian: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"

July 9, 2014

Best-selling author Chris Bohjalian's latest novel is narrated by Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living on the streets of Burlington, Vermont. Half a year earlier, a nuclear plant in rural Vermont experienced a meltdown that killed both of Emily's parents. Her father was in charge of the plant and there are rumors that the meltdown may have been his fault. Diane and Chris Bohjalian discuss "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" and what he believes are his greatest challenges as a writer.

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

Akhil Sharma: "Family Life" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2014

The author of the best-seller "An Obedient Father" speaks with Diane about his latest novel , which tells the story of the Mishra family as it moves from Delhi to Queens in the late 1970s.

Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration"

Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration"

July 3, 2014

For the Fourth of July: A fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence and how ideas of freedom and equality have been interpreted over the years.

Robert Caro:  LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Robert Caro: LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert Caro on LBJ and his role in the struggle for civil rights.

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

Readers' Review: "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green

June 25, 2014

Hazel and Augustus, the main characters in the young adult novel “The Fault In Our Stars,” are not your average teens: They both have cancer. For this month’s Readers’ Review guest host Katty Kay discusses the best seller “The Fault In Our Stars” with our panel of experts.

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

Tom Rachman: "The Rise & Fall of Great Powers"

June 23, 2014

A new novel by the author of "The Imperfectionists" tells the story of a woman who searches from Bangkok to Brooklyn to discover the long-buried secrets of her childhood. In the process, she learns how to make her own place in the world. Guest host Susan Page talks with journalist-turned-novelist Tom Rachman about his latest work of fiction.

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

June 17, 2014

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

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