Books

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

April 9, 2014

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

April 8, 2014

Thirty-five years after his death, John Wayne is still named as one of America's top ten favorite movie stars -- possibly because he became a symbol of the nation itself. Diane and biographer Scott Eyman discuss the life and legend of the actor who once claimed: "I played the kind of man I'd like to have been."

Gail Caldwell: "New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir"

Gail Caldwell: "New Life, No Instructions: A Memoir"

April 7, 2014

Pulitzer-prize winner Gail Caldwell talks with Diane about her new memoir which highlights a dramatic turning point in her life.

Louis Bayard: "Roosevelt's Beast"

Louis Bayard: "Roosevelt's Beast"

April 3, 2014

After losing a bitter election in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt jumped at the chance to leave Washington. But his trek into the Amazon nearly killed him. An historical novel about the former president’s ill-fated expedition.

Jane Fonda: "Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More"

Jane Fonda: "Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More"

March 27, 2014

For nearly two decades, Jane Fonda has dedicated herself to the issue of adolescent health. Now she's translated what she's learned into a guide on sexuality and development for young people.

A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

A Special Readers' Review: Why Fiction Matters

March 26, 2014

A special March Readers' Review: Diane and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.

President Jimmy Carter: "A Call To Action"

March 26, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter on why he believes bias against women is the world's most serious unaddressed challenge. He describes how social acceptance of violence and selective religious interpretations serve to reinforce discrimination and abuse, and what he believes can be done to right this long-standing wrong.

Teju Cole: "Every Day Is For The Thief"

March 25, 2014

The story of a Nigerian-American doctor who returns to his native Lagos and rediscovers what he loves and hates about the city. The author of "Open City" on his new book and his experiments with photography and social media.

Dinaw Mengestu: "All Our Names"

Dinaw Mengestu: "All Our Names"

March 11, 2014

Ethiopian-born author Dinaw Mengestu is known for his stories about the African immigrant experience in America. His new novel is set in both post-independence Uganda and the U.S. It's a story of love, friendship and the power of redemption.

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

Readers' Review: "Salvage The Bones" By Jesmyn Ward

February 26, 2014

For our February Readers’ Review: "Salvage the Bones" by Jesmyn Ward. It's the story of a poor family from a down-and-out Bayou town in the days before and after Hurricane Katrina. Diane and her guests discuss this National Book Award winner.

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