Books

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."

Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2013

Shirley Jones is best known for her starring roles in classic musicals like "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." And, of course, she portrayed one of TV's iconic moms in the '70s hit sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Fewer fans may know of her Oscar-winning dramatic role as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Elmer Gantry." Diane speaks with Shirley Jones about her career as a singer, actor and, now, an author.

Martin Cruz Smith: "Tatiana" (Rebroadcast)

Martin Cruz Smith: "Tatiana" (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2013

Martin Cruz Smith is best known for using crime fiction to expose the dark side of contemporary Russia. The author of "Gorky Park" talks with Diane about his latest novel based on the mysterious death of a real-life Russian journalist.

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast)

Billy Collins: "Aimless Love: New And Selected Poems" (Rebroadcast)

December 25, 2013

Billy Collins has been called the most famous poet in America. The former U.S. Poet Laureate on his new collection, how he writes a poem and his efforts to bring poetry to public spaces.

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

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

December 25, 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.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

Readers' Review: "The Casual Vacancy" By J.K. Rowling

December 18, 2013

For our December Readers' Review: J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults is set in an idyllic English town that's not what it first seems. The story revolves around residents who form opposing camps after the death of a local parish council member. Diane and her guests discuss “The Casual Vacancy" by J.K. Rowling, author of the "Harry Potter" series.

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