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Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

May 2, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Martha Nussbaum:  "The New Religious Intolerance"

Martha Nussbaum: "The New Religious Intolerance"

April 24, 2012

A professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago talks about overcoming the politics or fear in an anxious age.

Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning"

March 27, 2012

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

Readers' Review: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt

March 21, 2012

For our March Readers' Review, Diane and her guests will discuss a classic modern memoir. It's the story of an Irish childhood shaped not just by poverty but also a resilient spirit. We hope you will join us to discuss "Angela's Ashes" on Wednesday, March 21.

Akash Kapur: India Becoming

Akash Kapur: India Becoming

March 20, 2012

India has been hailed as a model for the developing world. But its economic boom has led to a widening wealth gap, environmental damage and increase in crime. The price of growth in modern India.

Language, Music and the Brain

January 25, 2012

Learning new skills in adulthood may seem like a daunting task. Over time there is a gradual decline of the brain’s ability to absorb new information. But experts say, with the right tools and a few tricks, we can continue to grasp...

Sally Bedell Smith: "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life a Modern Monarch"

January 17, 2012

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on the throne next month. A new biography looks at the public and private life of a modern monarch.

Copyright Law in the Digital Age

January 5, 2012

Diane and her guests discuss the role of copyright laws, how long a copyright should last, and the challenges of protecting new creative works in the digital age.

Peggy Orenstein: "Cinderella Ate My Daughter" (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2011

The long and short term affects of "princess mania" on our daughters identities. Why pink and sparkly is so popular for young girls today and the role marketing plays in packaging and promoting it.

Anita Desai:  "The Artist of Disappearance"

Anita Desai: "The Artist of Disappearance"

December 15, 2011

Diane talks with award-winning author, Anita Desai, about her new book of novellas. Set in modern India, the stories move beyond cities to places and characters haunted by the past.

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