Books

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.

Ruthann Robson: "Dressing Constitutionally"

August 20, 2013

Some have a flair for jewelry and well-tailored clothes. Others choose provocative and edgy looks, while others prefer plain and simple. But whether you to dress to impress or throw on whatever is clean that day, it’s unlikely the...

A Conversation With Author Tana French

A Conversation With Author Tana French

August 12, 2013

Irish author Tana French recently won the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize for thrillers. But her plots are often about more than solving grisly murders. Her fourth book, “Broken Harbor,” is a psychological thriller that also explores a downtrodden Ireland after the fall of the Celtic Tiger. Tana French joins Diane to talk about her best-selling novels and how her career as an actress influences her writing.

Environmental Outlook: "What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?" By Tony Juniper

Environmental Outlook: "What Has Nature Ever Done For Us?" By Tony Juniper

August 6, 2013

One of Britain's leading environmentalists argues nature has an economic value that can be measured. For this month's Environmental Outlook: how money really can grow on trees.

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