John A. Farrell: "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned"

June 16, 2011

In the early decades of the 20th century, Clarence Darrow took on big, lost, unpopular causes -- murders, anarchists, the innocent and the guilty. Biographer, John Farrell, explores the life of America's best known defense attorney who forged the heroic archetype of the American lawyer.

David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

June 14, 2011

On the 200th birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a look at the influence of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Richard White: "Railroaded"

Richard White: "Railroaded"

June 13, 2011

An award-winning historian on the making of the transcontinental railroads in the 19th century: How they shaped modern America and why he thinks they laid the groundwork for today’s economic problems.

Politicians and Ethics

June 9, 2011

The scandal involving Congressman Weiner underscores growing disgust over the behavior of politicians: voter reaction to yet another set of lies and apologies, amid the ongoing partisan stalemate in Washington.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

June 2, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

William Cohan: "Money and Power"

May 24, 2011

A former Wall Street insider on the history and culture of Goldman Sachs. How the firm came to dominate global markets, influence the federal government and play a controversial role in the mortgage meltdown.

President Obama, the Middle East, and the Arab Spring

May 23, 2011

President Obama, the Middle East, and the Arab Spring: The president's proposal for a Palestinian state and efforts to reset relations with the Arab world.

States Look at Immigration Reform

March 31, 2011

This week President Obama said he's still hopeful an immigration bill will be able to pass soon. Several states are not waiting for federal action on immigration reform: A look at what’s passed in Utah and Arizona and what’s being considered in other states around the country.

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

March 30, 2011

William Faulkner received a Nobel Prize for Literature for his unique contribution to the modern American novel. The niece he helped raise offers an intimate portrait of her uncle and the Faulkners of Mississippi.

America's Shrinking Cities

March 28, 2011

New census results show Detroit has lost twenty-five percent of its population over the last decade. It's one of many cities adjusting to fewer residents. Diane and her guests discuss the reasons for the loss in population and the...

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