Nicholas Basbanes: "A Splendor of Letters" (HarperCollins)

February 9, 2004

In the age of digital media, what happens to the bookshelf? Nicholas Basbanes, an author of "books about books," talks about the history of storage and preservation of information, from clay tablets to paper-and-covers to...

Arnold Weinstein: "A Scream Goes Through The House" (Random House)

February 2, 2004

A professor of literature guides us through great works of art to reveal how literature can be a unique form of human connection.

Juan Williams: "This Far By Faith" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

January 19, 2004

NPR's Juan Williams explores the history of religion in the African-American community - from the slave era through the civil rights movement, and up to the present day.

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin)

January 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

Trisha Meili: "I Am the Central Park Jogger" (Scribner) (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2003

For 14 years, she's been known only as the "Central Park Jogger" - the woman who nearly died after a brutal rape and assault in New York City. But now, Trisha Meili is ready to tell, in her own words, the story of the attack and...

Jennifer Carrell: "The Speckled Monster" (Dutton) (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2003

Jennifer Carrell tells the dramatic true story of a smallpox outbreak in the early 18th century, and of the London society lady and the Boston doctor who tried to protect their cities from the epidemic.

Roy Foster: "W.B. Yeats: A Life, Vol. II" (Oxford)

December 10, 2003

Irish historian Roy Foster presents the second and final volume of his biography of poet W.B. Yeats.

Janna Malamud Smith: "A Potent Spell" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2003

According to psychologist Janna Malamud Smith, mothers are motivated above all by an instinct to protect their children - even before they get the many messages of "mother-blame" prevalent in our society. She joins Diane to present...

Alison Owings: "Hey, Waitress" (University of California Press) (Rebroadcast)

September 1, 2003

Author Alison Owings talks with Diane about her coast-to-coast travels to find out what waitresses - at five-star hotels, local diners, and every place in between - think about the job, their co-workers, and customers who don't tip too...

Ross King: "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" (Walker) (Rebroadcast)

August 28, 2003

In a new book, author Ross King tells the story of the power, politics and personal rivalries behind Michelangelo's magnificent Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoes, which, King reveals, the artist would have preferred never to undertake.

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