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Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott

August 27, 2014

For our next Readers' Review: "Someone" by Alice McDermott. It's the story of a character often overlooked in literature - an ordinary woman - concerned with matters of family, community and the heart. Published in 2013, it was the National Book Award-winning author's first novel in seven years.

Meryl Comer:  "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

Meryl Comer: "Slow Dancing With A Stranger: Lost And Found In The Age Of Alzheimer's"

August 25, 2014

Alzheimer's disease is considered one of today's most pressing and least understood health epidemics. Diane talks with Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist Meryl Comer about her husband's battle with the disease.

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

August 6, 2014

“When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.

Peter van Agtmael: "Disco Night Sept 11"

Peter van Agtmael: "Disco Night Sept 11"

July 30, 2014

War photographer Peter van Agtmael chronicles U.S. involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a new book.

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.

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