Authors

Caryl Phillips: "Color Me English"

September 21, 2011

Award-winning playwright and novelist Caryl Phillips moved to the US two decades ago. Living in the shadows of the twin towers, he was drawn by what he saw as America’s more inclusive identity. Then the towers came down. In his new book: “Color Me English” he reflects on the fragility of identity. He joins us to discuss why we need to have the courage to change our ideas about who we are.

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

September 5, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

Shannen Rossmiller: "The Unexpected Patriot"

August 31, 2011

How a mother of three and a Montana municipal court judge became an online terrorist-hunter after 9/11.

Justin Torres:  "We The Animals"

Justin Torres: "We The Animals"

August 30, 2011

Author Justin Torres presents a portrait of the joys and heartbreaks of family. His first novel, based upon his own life,tells the story of three inseparable brothers, their white mother and Puerto Rican father.

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Readers' Review: "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

August 24, 2011

This month's Readers' Review is a charming book about reading, letters and life on the island of Guernsey during and after World War II.

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

August 16, 2011

On the frontlines of school reform: A veteran journalist reports on an unlikely coalition of parents, teachers, Republicans and Democrats trying to fix America’s failing schools.

Jane Fonda: "Prime Time"

August 11, 2011

Jane Fonda talks with Diane about love, health, fitness and friendship. The award-winning actress explains how life's third act can be the most fulfilling.

Melanie Benjamin: "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"

August 1, 2011

She was a 19th-century woman who stood only 32 inches tall. But she refused to let her gender or her size define her. An historical novel about the real-life Mrs. Tom Thumb.

Eric Greitens:  "The Heart and the Fist"

Eric Greitens: "The Heart and the Fist"

July 26, 2011

Former navy seal, humanitarian and author Eric Greitens on why we still need heroes at home and in the battlefield.

Ina May Gaskin: "Birth Matters: A Midwife's Manifesta"

July 25, 2011

Midwife activist Ina May Gaskin argues that the key to safe childbirth is respect for the natural process. Reconciling modern life with a practice as old as humankind.

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