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William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

April 29, 2013

Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and decades-long career in film, and now, opera. His seminal movies include "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."

Readers' Review:  T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"

Readers' Review: T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"

April 24, 2013

For this month's Readers' Review: what T.S. Eliot considered his greatest work, "Four Quartets." The poems are a meditation on time, eternity and immortality.

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

April 9, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

April 8, 2013

A Wharton school professor re-examines what it takes to succeed and finds many misconceptions. What we can learn from people who are both extremely giving and extremely successful.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"

April 2, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

Glenn Frankel: "The Searchers"

March 25, 2013

A classic Western called "The Searchers" dramatized the true story of a young girl kidnapped by the Comanche Indians. How a film helped shape the myth of the American West.

Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

March 18, 2013

The true story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's historic race around the world in the late 19th century.

Sheryl Sandberg: "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead"

March 14, 2013

Only twenty-one of the Fortune 500 chief executives are women. Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg on how women hold themselves back in the workplace and what to do about it.

George Saunders: "Tenth of December"

George Saunders: "Tenth of December"

February 12, 2013

George Saunders has a new collection of short stories. How the MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellow went from working in the oil fields of Asia to writing critically acclaimed fiction.

Jeanne Theoharis: "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"

February 6, 2013

In the first comprehensive biography of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, author Jeanne Theoharis debunks the myth of Parks as a quiet seamstress.

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