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Our Divided Political Heart

May 30, 2012

Political analysts E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ross Douthat on what divides us as a nation, and finding a balance between individual freedom and community responsibility.

Colin Powell: "It Worked For Me:  In Life and Leadership"

Colin Powell: "It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership"

May 29, 2012

Retired four star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on life lessons and the controversies he faced in the months before the U.S. war in Iraq.

Leslie Maitland: "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed" (Rebroadcast)

May 28, 2012

A daughter tells the story of her mother's escape from the Nazis in World War II and what became of the love she left behind in France.

Readers' Review:  "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

Readers' Review: "Train Dreams" by Denis Johnson

May 23, 2012

Denis Johnson's novella "Train Dreams" was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize. For our May Readers' Review, we discuss this portrait of the American West in the first half of the 20th century. Diane hopes you'll join her and her panel as they discuss "Train Dreams."

Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

Robert Caro: The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

May 8, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Caro has spent nearly four decades researching and writing about President Lyndon Johnson. His fourth book on the LBJ, "The Passage of Power," follows Johnson from 1958 to 1964. Lyndon Johnson was...

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor"

May 2, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Environmental Outlook: "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow

May 1, 2012

How America's trees and forests shaped the nation.

Paul French:  "Midnight in Peking:  How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China"

Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China"

April 26, 2012

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

Perspectives On Foreign Policy - Madeleine Albright and Bruce Riedel

April 26, 2012

A look back at America's role on the global stage since World War II and a look forward at how the U.S. can best use its position of power as it navigates conflicts and crises around the world.

Leslie Maitland:  "Crossing the Borders of Time:  A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed"

Leslie Maitland: "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed"

April 17, 2012

A daughter tells the story of her mother's escape from the Nazis in World War II and what became of the love she left behind in France.

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