Books

Jhumpa Lahiri: "The Lowland"

October 2, 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.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

September 30, 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.

Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

September 25, 2013

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

Readers' Review: "Behind The Beautiful Forevers" By Katherine Boo

September 18, 2013

For our September Readers' Review: a work of narrative nonfiction that chronicles the riveting story of families striving toward a better life in modern Mumbai. Diane and her guests discuss “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

September 10, 2013

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

Alice McDermott: "Someone"

September 9, 2013

National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, her first in seven years. It's the story of an ordinary woman's life, its heartbreaks and its joys.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal: "The Gift Of Adversity"

September 4, 2013

Dr. Norman Rosenthal was the first to diagnose and treat seasonal affective disorder. The psychiatrist on facing adversity and setbacks in his own life.

John Hunter: "World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements" (Rebroadcast)

John Hunter: "World Peace And Other 4th-Grade Achievements" (Rebroadcast)

September 2, 2013

In John Hunter's fourth grade classroom, students tackle global problems using a game. The teacher explains the World Peace Game and how it’s informed his education philosophy.

Merethe Lindstrom: "Days In The History Of Silence"

Merethe Lindstrom: "Days In The History Of Silence"

August 27, 2013

The latest novel from a celebrated Norwegian writer, "Days in the History of Silence" is a haunting meditation on the legacy of family secrets.

Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

August 26, 2013

Author Judith Flanders joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk about the evolution of the real -- and fictional -- crime story.

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