Books

George Packer: "Interesting Times"

December 16, 2009

New Yorker staff writer George Packer on his post-nine-eleven travels through war zones, the pitfalls of idealism and the Obama administration's challenge of moving from rhetoric to policy.

John Grisham: "Ford County"

December 15, 2009

The master of the legal thriller describes the fictional Mississippi Delta-town which provides the setting for his first collection of short stories.

Andy Williams: "Moon River and Me" (Rebroadcast)

December 13, 2009

Diane talks with legendary entertainer, Andy Williams, about his seven decades in show business, his Emmy-winning variety show, and performing live at the age of eighty-two.

Andy Williams: "Moon River and Me"

December 10, 2009

Diane talks with legendary entertainer, Andy Williams, about his seven decades in show business, his Emmy-winning variety show, and performing live at the age of 82.

Roger G. Kennedy: "When Art Worked"

Roger G. Kennedy: "When Art Worked"

December 8, 2009

How government programs to employ artists served the nation during the Great Depression and could offer a model for creating jobs today. Art and the New Deal.

Maya Soetoro-Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng

December 1, 2009

President Barack Obama's mother spent fourteen years studying village industries in remote areas of Indonesia. His half-sister reflects on their mother's life, legacy, and recently published 1992 doctoral dissertation.

Wendell Berry: A Conversation

November 30, 2009

Poet, author, essayist and farmer. Wendell Berry, known as the grandfather of the slow food movement, discusses food for the body and poetry for the soul.

Readers Review: "Where The Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (Rebroadcast)

November 27, 2009

This Readers Review rebroadcast takes up one of the most beloved children's books of all time. "Where the Wild Things Are" is the story of a naughty boy named Max who magically travels to a land of monsters and mayhem. Diane and her guests...

Steve Luxenberg: "Annie's Ghosts" (Hyperion) (Rebroadcast)

November 27, 2009

A journalist's memoir of trying to understand why his mother never revealed she had a sister. It's a story of family secrets, deception and how the mentally ill were once treated in America.

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