Books

Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

Roddy Doyle: "The Guts"

February 3, 2014

Irish author Roddy Doyle's first novel "The Commitments" was about lower class Dublin. Now, 27 years later, he's back with a follow up to the best-seller. Roddy Doyle on returning to his earliest work.

Isabel Allende: "Ripper"

January 27, 2014

Best-selling author Isabel Allende is known for her historical fiction and magic realism. But her new novel is a thriller about a brilliant teenage sleuth who tracks a serial killer in San Francisco.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

January 22, 2014

For our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published almost 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today...

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

The author of a new book on sports says football is in serious need of reform. From low graduation rates among college players to harmful concussions: what it will take to clean up America's game.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

January 16, 2014

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

January 14, 2014

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed the institution’s involvement in slavery, setting off a controversy that made headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In a new book, American history professor Craig Steven Wilder lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy.

Chang-Rae Lee: "On Such A Full Sea"

January 13, 2014

Award-winning author Chang-rae Lee talks about the genesis for his new dystopian novel. It is a cautionary tale of income inequality, class divisions and environmental decline.

Daniel Siegel: "Brainstorm: The Power And Purpose Of The Teenage Brain"

January 6, 2014

Diane and her guest discuss how brain development affects teenage behavior and why he believes adolescence is a "golden age" of innovation and creativity.

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today" (Rebroadcast)

January 1, 2014

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.

Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini" (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 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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