Books

Qais Akbar Omar: "A Fort Of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story"

May 15, 2013

A memoir of growing up in Afghanistan. The journey one family takes as they attempt to flee decades of violence and find hope in their homeland.

Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

Edna O'Brien: "Country Girl: A Memoir"

May 13, 2013

In 1960, Edna O'Brien published "The Country Girl," her first novel. Considered scandalous at the time, the book was burned by priests throughout her native Ireland. Undeterred, she spent the next 50 years creating a body of work that stands among the best writing of the 20th century. Diane talks with Edna O'Brien about her often lonely life and the work that sustained her.

Maya Angelou: "Mom & Me & Mom"

May 8, 2013

When poet Maya Angelou was 3 years old, she was sent to live with her grandmother. In a new memoir, she describes her reunion with her mother a decade later and their relationship going forward.

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"

Nathaniel Philbrick: "Bunker Hill"

April 30, 2013

Bunker Hill is among the best-known battles of the Revolutionary War. The role of ordinary citizens in the fight that changed the course of America's quest for independence.

William Friedkin: "The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir"

April 29, 2013

Diane talks with Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin about his life and decades-long career in film, and now, opera. His seminal movies include "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist."

Readers' Review:  T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"

Readers' Review: T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets"

April 24, 2013

For this month's Readers' Review: what T.S. Eliot considered his greatest work, "Four Quartets." The poems are a meditation on time, eternity and immortality.

David Rohde: "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East"

David Rohde: "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East"

April 23, 2013

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde on how Islam is being reimagined in countries across the Middle East and what the changes mean for U.S. influence in the region.

Carol Burnett: "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story"

Carol Burnett: "Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story"

April 10, 2013

Even after The Carol Burnett Show ended its 11-year run, Carol Burnett did anything but slow down. She starred on television and performed on Broadway. Burnett also wrote a play with her daughter, Carrie Hamilton, which opened in 2002. But...

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

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

April 9, 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.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"

April 2, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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