Books

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.

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

December 9, 2013

The author of a new book on sports says football is in serious need of reform. From low graduation rates among college players to harmful concussions: what it will take to clean up America's game.

Martin Cruz Smith: "Tatiana"

Martin Cruz Smith: "Tatiana"

December 2, 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.

Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Lowland" (Rebroadcast)

November 29, 2013

"The Lowland" is a new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Based on true events, it's the story of two brothers growing up in post-colonial India and the limits of love and sacrifice.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

November 29, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Richard Blanco: "For All Of Us, One Today"

November 19, 2013

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.

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

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