Books

Barbara Kingsolver: "The Lacuna" (Harper Collins)

November 5, 2009

Bestselling writer Barbara Kingsolver on her latest novel which explores how history and public opinion can shape a life.

A U.S. Ambassador's views on Romania

November 4, 2009

It may be best known as the land of Olympic gymnasts, bleak orphanages, and Dracula, but Romania today is a flourishing democracy. A former U-S ambassador on why Romania thrived after the fall of communism and lessons for other budding...

Audrey Niffenegger: "Her Fearful Symmetry" (Scribner)

November 2, 2009

The author of "The Time Traveler's Wife" returns with a new novel set near a famed London cemetery. It's a mystery, a ghost story, and a love story rolled into one.

Audrey Niffenegger stayed after the show to answer [a few questions...

Margaret Atwood: "The Year of the Flood" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

October 29, 2009

The award-winning author presents her latest novel about a disturbing future world, including a catastrophic pandemic, genetically engineered animals, and a cult devoted to preserving all plant and animal life.

Margaret Atwood...

Darrin Nordahl: "Public Produce" (Island Press)

October 21, 2009

Urban agriculture: A city designer explains how growing food in urban, public spaces can help feed the hungry, supplement the existing agribusiness model, and promote good health for all.

Steve Roberts: "From Every End of This Earth" (Harper Collins)

October 13, 2009

Author Steve Roberts on what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S. today.

[Steve Roberts answered some listener questions that we couldn't get to on the air.](http://wamu.org/programs/dr/extra/roberts/)

Mike Farrell: "Of Mule and Man" (Akashic Books)

October 12, 2009

Former M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell on the spirit of America. The actor recounts his cross-country travels in a Prius and the conversations he had with activists, friends, and family to promote social justice in every neighborhood.

Michael J. Sandel: "Justice" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

October 7, 2009

A Harvard political philosopher applies concepts of virtue and the common good to broad economic and civic concerns.

[Michael Sandel answered some listener questions we couldn't get to on the...

A.S. Byatt: "The Children's Book" (Knopf)

October 5, 2009

Award-winning author A.S. Byatt discusses her latest novel,a saga of four English families and how fairy tales can bring adults and children together.

William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

October 4, 2009

William Kamkwamba describes dreaming of bringing light to his village in Africa and how he taught himself physics and used spare parts to build a windmill that produced electricity.

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