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Martin Wolf: "The Shifts And The Shocks: What We've Learned -- And Have Still To Learn -- From The Financial Crisis"

Martin Wolf: "The Shifts And The Shocks: What We've Learned -- And Have Still To Learn -- From The Financial Crisis"

September 29, 2014

Martin Wolf on what the 2008 financial crisis should teach us about modern economics, why future crises are likely and what we need to do.

Readers' Review: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

Readers' Review: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

September 24, 2014

For our next Readers’ Review: “The Bluest Eye” by Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison. Set during the Depression, it tells the story of a young African-American girl who thinks blonde hair and blue eyes are the key to a better life. Join us for a discussion of Morrison’s first novel, “The Bluest Eye.”

Ken Burns: "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

Ken Burns: "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

September 11, 2014

The latest documentary by Emmy-award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns chronicles the interconnected lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Ken Burns on the Roosevelt family and their lasting influence on America.

Former CENTCOM Commander General Tony Zinni

Former CENTCOM Commander General Tony Zinni

September 2, 2014

General Tony Zinni was commander-in-chief of U.S. Central Command and a special envoy to the Middle East before retiring as a four-star general. He joins Diane to talk about U.S. foreign policy, presidential leadership, and why he believes our military often fails to achieve the outcomes promised by Washington.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck  (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck (Rebroadcast)

September 1, 2014

From our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today. Diane and...

Hampton Sides: "In the Kingdom of Ice"

Hampton Sides: "In the Kingdom of Ice"

August 14, 2014

A conversation with best-selling author Hampton Sides on his latest book about an epic naval expedition to the North Pole. In 1879, 33 men journey through uncharted labyrinths of ice and become marooned almost 1,000 miles north of Siberia.

What's At Stake In The Scottish Independence Referendum

What's At Stake In The Scottish Independence Referendum

August 12, 2014

In just a few weeks, voters in Scotland will decide whether to become independent from the United Kingdom. Diane and her guests discuss the history of the movement, arguments for and against autonomy, and implications of the vote for the United States and the European Union.

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

Ronald Rosbottom: "When Paris Went Dark"

August 6, 2014

“When Paris Went Dark” explores daily interaction between Parisians and Germans and looks at the kind of questions the occupation raised for the French about why they didn’t do more to prevent it.

Peter van Agtmael: "Disco Night Sept 11"

Peter van Agtmael: "Disco Night Sept 11"

July 30, 2014

War photographer Peter van Agtmael chronicles U.S. involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a new book.

John Dean: "The Nixon Defense:  What He Knew and When He Knew It"

John Dean: "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It"

July 28, 2014

Forty years after Watergate you may think we have learned all there is to know about the scandal. But a key member of Nixon's White House disagrees. John Dean talks with guest host Susan Page about what he now believes the president knew and when he knew it.

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