Gordon Wood: "The Idea of America"

June 28, 2011

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian argues the American Revolution is still the most important event in our country’s history. Why he credits the era with defining America’s values and aspirations.

John A. Farrell: "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned"

June 16, 2011

In the early decades of the 20th century, Clarence Darrow took on big, lost, unpopular causes -- murders, anarchists, the innocent and the guilty. Biographer, John Farrell, explores the life of America's best known defense attorney who forged the heroic archetype of the American lawyer.

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

Ann Patchett: "State of Wonder"

June 8, 2011

Author Ann Patchett talks about her latest novel, "State of Wonder," an adventure story about a quest in the Amazon.

Rosamund Lupton: "Sister"

Rosamund Lupton: "Sister"

June 6, 2011

Author Rosamund Lupton's debut novel tells the story of a young woman's murder and her sister's passion to uncover her killer.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

June 2, 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.

David Ignatius: "Bloodmoney"

June 1, 2011

Set in Pakistan, "Bloodmoney" is the eighth novel in a series of CIA thrillers by the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Washington Post writer David Ignatius.

William Cohan: "Money and Power"

May 24, 2011

A former Wall Street insider on the history and culture of Goldman Sachs. How the firm came to dominate global markets, influence the federal government and play a controversial role in the mortgage meltdown.

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

Edna O'Brien: "Saints and Sinners"

May 23, 2011

Edna O'Brien writes stories of the sad and the stranded, the hopeful and the lovelorn. The author talks with Diane about her decades-long writing career and why she keeps Ireland at the heart of her work.

Jonathan Kay: "Among the Truthers"

May 12, 2011

Conspiracy theories always existed to explain pivotal events: President Kennedy’s assassination, the moon landing, the spread of AIDS. Diane and her guest talk about America's growing fascination with conspiracies theories.

David Goldman: "A Father's Love"

May 11, 2011

Diane talks with David Goldman about his five-year fight to bring his son, Sean, back from Brazil. David labored alone until the saga caught the attention of the national media and top government officials. He shares details of Sean's abduction, his return home of Christmas Eve 2009, and how father and son are faring today.

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