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Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

Rosanne Cash: "Composed" (Viking) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2010

Rosanne Cash on finding her voice. The oldest daughter of legendary singer Johnny Cash has a new memoir on growing up in the context of her family legacy. She also has a new cd of what her father called essential country songs.

Readers Review: "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry

November 24, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a discussion of "Hannah Coulter" by Wendell Berry. Hannah is an old woman who has experienced much loss but has never been defeated. Hannah is a twice-widowed mother of three. She finds herself...

Darin Strauss:  "Half a Life"

Darin Strauss: "Half a Life"

November 22, 2010

A novelist tells us about how his life changed irrevocably with the accidental death of a high school classmate.

Salman Rushdie: "Luka and the Fire of Life"

November 18, 2010

Salman Rushdie talks about his new book, written as a gift for his teenage son. It features a boy on an old-fashioned quest to rescue his fading father and his imaginary world.

Mark Vonnegut: "Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So"

November 8, 2010

Kurt Vonnegut's son gives an intimate glimpse of what it was like to grow up with a used car salesman turned iconic author. Mark Vonnegut also gives his account of coping with mental illness and finding his calling as a pediatrician.

Antonia Fraser: "Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter" (Doubleday)

November 4, 2010

Diane talks with Lady Antonia Fraser about her memoir of living and loving through adversity. The best-selling historian recounts her three decades with playwright Harold Pinter -- media hysteria surrounding their affair, his famous...

DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomics

DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomics

November 3, 2010

Growing access to personal genome sequencing.

Garry Wills: "Outside Looking In"

October 27, 2010

Garry Wills, journalist, classicist and historian, says he’s always been an outsider looking in, but his perch has been remarkable. In a new collection of essays he describes some of the more unlikely places he’s been and the insights...

Ted Fishman: "Shock of Gray"

Ted Fishman: "Shock of Gray"

October 21, 2010

For the first time in history, the world will soon be home to more people over fifty than under seventeen. Journalist Ted Fishman explores the complex economic, political, and cultural ramifications of the world's aging population. He...

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave"

Nicholas Evans: "The Brave"

October 14, 2010

The author of "The Horse Whisperer" describes how an ordeal with poisonous mushrooms influenced his new novel. It centers on an estranged father and son, each dealing with dark secrets and struggling with notions of bravery.

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