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Post Election Analysis

November 4, 2009

Morning-after analysis of election results in Virginia, New Jersey, and upstate New York.

Anne Heller: "Ayn Rand and the World She Made" (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday)

October 28, 2009

A new biography of the Russian-born philosopher whose mid-20th century novels, "Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged", extol the virtues of individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism and still spark debate today.

Jon Krakauer: "Where Men Win Glory" (Doubleday)

September 16, 2009

Pat Tillman walked away from a multi-million dollar N-F-L contract to fight with U-S special forces. He was killed in Afghanistan two years later. How the Army tried to keep his family and the public from learning the truth about his...

Chris Roberts: "Heavy Words Lightly Thrown" (Gotham)

September 12, 2005

A look at the real story behind some of the best known and most beloved nursery rhymes.

Jim Lehrer: "No Certain Rest" (Random House)

September 4, 2002

Jim Lehrer, anchor of the NewsHour on PBS, writes novels when he's not interviewing heads of state. His thirteenth, "No Certain Rest" (Random House), is a historical mystery in which Civil War experts investigate an unmarked grave...

Treasures of Ancient Egypt

July 3, 2002

Join us for a tour of the National Gallery's new exhibit, "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt," which showcases the largest collection of ancient artifacts ever loaned by Egypt to the U.S.

Cultivating Your Voice

January 25, 2002

Susan Miller, director of Georgetown University's Center for the Voice, talks about the important roles vocal tone and body language play in communication. She offers tips on enhancing the effectiveness of both public speaking and everyday...

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser

December 18, 2001

Earlier this year, Michael Kaiser became president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He joins Diane to talk about his plans for the Kennedy Center, and about the challenges facing all arts organizations.

Ramadan

November 1, 2001

A panel joins Diane to talk about the Muslim holiday Ramadan, its significance to Muslims around the world, and the ongoing debate over whether to reduce or suspend military activity in Afghanistan during the month-long observance.

Elizabeth Peters: "Lord of the Silent" (William Morrow)

May 29, 2001

Egyptologist Barbara Mertz is also a best-selling author - under the nom de plume Elizabeth Peters, she's put her academic training to good use in her series of mystery novels featuring archaeologist-turned-sleuth Amelia Peabody. The...

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