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Senator Bernie Sanders: "The Speech"

March 31, 2011

On December 10, 2010, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked on to the floor of the United States Senate and made a speech lasting over eight hours. In it, he blasted the agreement that President Obama struck with Republicans which extended tax cuts for the very rich. But the speech also attacked corporate greed and what he sees as the decline of the American middle class. Senator Sanders joins Diane to discuss his speech and its call to action.

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

March 30, 2011

William Faulkner received a Nobel Prize for Literature for his unique contribution to the modern American novel. The niece he helped raise offers an intimate portrait of her uncle and the Faulkners of Mississippi.

David Brooks: "The Social Animal:  The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement"

David Brooks: "The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement"

March 10, 2011

A new outlook on human existence dictated by imagination, emotion, and intuition. Columnist and best-selling author David Brooks' latest book stresses relationships over individualism and moral connections over monetary need.

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

March 3, 2011

What the world's fiercest robotics competition means for America's future. Best-selling author, Neal Bascomb, follows the story of a team of high school seniors and their mentors as they race to built a robot. How their success may herald a new kind of cool that rewards brains over brawn.

Andre Dubus III: "Townie"

Andre Dubus III: "Townie"

February 28, 2011

To survive a childhood in a tough Massachusetts mill town, author Andre Dubus III transformed himself into a muscled street fighter. In a new memoir, he recounts how he channeled anger into writing and mended his relationship with his famous father.

Jonathan Franklin: "33 Men"

February 24, 2011

The dramatic plight and rescue of thirty-three entombed Chilean miners captured the world's attention last October. Journalist, Jonathan Franklin, interviewed the men and tells their story: how they survived trapped deep underground, the rescue operation that brought them to the surface, and the haunting aftermath of their captivity.

Stefan Kanfer: "Tough Without a Gun"

Stefan Kanfer: "Tough Without a Gun"

February 16, 2011

Humphrey Bogart was an unlikely leading man. He was neither conventionally handsome nor a versatile actor. But he had a unique style. Bogie starred in such classics as "The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca,” and “The African...

Donald Bogle: "Heat Wave"

February 15, 2011

A new biography traces the gritty childhood of Ethel Waters to her dramatic rise as the highest paid entertainer of the Jazz Age. It tells the story of her turbulent private life, religious conversion, and clashes with civil rights leaders. Join Diane and author, Donald Bogle, as they discuss the life and career of Ethel Waters.

Frank Delaney: "The Matchmaker of Kenmare"

February 14, 2011

Set in Ireland during World War II, a new novel tells the story of a man and woman brought together by grief and compassion. They are drawn into the conflict as spies for the Allies and discover the perils of neutrality in both war and love.

Mark Richard:  "House of Prayer No. 2"

Mark Richard: "House of Prayer No. 2"

February 9, 2011

A short-story writer reflects on his childhood in a small, racially divided Southern town in the 1960s. How he overcame physical deformity and poverty to become a journalist, author and Hollywood screenwriter.

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