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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.

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

Tayari Jones: "Silver Sparrow" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

A novel about two girls with the same father. One knows; the other doesn't. Exploring the cascading psychological effects of family secrets.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Jean Baker: "Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion"

November 15, 2011

Margaret Sanger spent her life fighting to give women access to birth control. A new biography of the family planning pioneer and why she remains controversial today.

Umberto Eco:  "The Prague Cemetery"

Umberto Eco: "The Prague Cemetery"

November 10, 2011

The author of "The Name of the Rose" talks about his latest novel.

Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

November 3, 2011

CNN executive, former Newsweek editor and award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker delves into the factual and emotional aspects of his family's complicated, interracial history.

Jill Abramson:  "The Puppy Diaries"

Jill Abramson: "The Puppy Diaries"

October 19, 2011

She's the first woman to be executive editor of The New York Times. She's a best-selling and award-winning author. And she's an unabashed dog lover. Jill Abramson on the joys and challenges of raising a puppy.

Chris Bohjalian:  "The Night Strangers" (Crown)

Chris Bohjalian: "The Night Strangers" (Crown)

October 12, 2011

A new novel from the best-selling author of "Midwives." It's a modern-day ghost story and psychological thriller set in a small New England town. Chris Bohjalian talks with guest host, Steve Roberts, about defying expectations and how he avoids writing the same novel twice.

Errol Morris:  "Believing Is Seeing"

Errol Morris: "Believing Is Seeing"

October 5, 2011

Errol Morris' documentaries challenge conventional ways of interpreting the known world. In a new book of essays, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker explores how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal, and why what we see is often determined by our own beliefs.

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