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Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Thomas E. Patterson: "Informing The News: The Need For Knowledge-Based Journalism"

Thomas E. Patterson: "Informing The News: The Need For Knowledge-Based Journalism"

November 25, 2013

Americans have access to more news sources than ever, but that doesn't mean we are better informed. A Harvard media expert on how journalists could do a better job educating the public.

Readers' Review: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" By Ben Fountain

November 20, 2013

This month's Readers’ Review is a novel about eight American soldiers returning to Iraq. The men are media stars at home, but their painful reality is obscured as they are honored at a Thanksgiving Day football game.

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

November 19, 2013

Richard Blanco is the youngest inaugural poet ever. He is also the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay man chosen for the honor. His journey from Cuban immigrant in Miami to inaugural poet for President Obama.

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

Frederick Forsyth: "The Kill List"

November 7, 2013

Writer Frederick Forsyth has been called the master of international intrigue. His previous blockbusters include "The Day of the Jackal," “The Odessa File” and “The Dogs of War.” He joins guest host Tom Gjelten to talk about his newest novel, "The Kill List."

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

November 6, 2013

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

Fannie Flagg: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion"

Fannie Flagg: "The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion"

November 4, 2013

Diane talks with author, actor and comedian Fannie Flag about her latest book. It's a comic mystery novel about two women who are forced to re-imagine who they are.

David Folkenflik: "Murdoch's World"

October 31, 2013

Former editors at Rupert Murdoch's London papers face trial this week for their alleged role in hacking peoples' telephones. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik takes an in-depth look at the scandal and how Murdoch built his empire.

Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

October 23, 2013

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

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