History

Molly Caldwell Crosby: "Asleep"

March 1, 2010

A sleeping sickness epidemic in the wake of the 1918 influenza pandemic has been nearly forgotten. Scientists still don't know what caused it and why it suddenly disappeared, but they fear it could happen again.

Readers Review: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett

February 25, 2010

Diane invites listeners to join a Readers' Review discussion of a novel that has touched a nerve with many people. It's topping best-seller lists across the country. "The Help" by Kathyrn Stockett centers on a young, white woman and two...

Canyon Sam: "Sky Train"

February 23, 2010

Tibetan women on the edge of history. A third-generation Chinese-American recounts the stories of four women in Tibet whose lives were torn apart when China took control in the 1950s.

Eamon Javers: "Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy"

February 8, 2010

A journalist describes his investigation of the secret world of corporate espionage, including a program allowing active C.I.A. officers to moonlight as spies for international businesses.

Garry Wills: "Bomb Power" (Rebroadcast)

February 7, 2010

How the creation of the atomic bomb led to greater power for the president. Pulitzer-prize-winning author and historian Garry Wills explains why secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project resulted in unprecedented powers for modern U.S...

Garry Wills: "Bomb Power"

February 4, 2010

How the creation of the atomic bomb led to greater power for the president. Pulitzer-prize-winning author and historian Garry Wills explains why secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project resulted in unprecedented powers for modern U.S...

News Roundup - Hour 2

January 29, 2010

World leaders meet in London to discuss the future of Afghanistan; Chemical Ali is executed in Iraq; and the latest on earthquake-ravaged Haiti. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Barbara King: "Being with Animals"

January 28, 2010

Americans spend billions of dollars and countless hours caring for their pets. An anthropologist explains the bond between humans and animals and its importance to our evolution.

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Readers Review: "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer

January 27, 2010

Diane invites you to join this month's readers' review. In the "The Glass Room" by Simon Mawer, a masterpiece of modern architecture acts as a window on the hopes and fears of its inhabitants.

The Supreme Court's Campaign Finance Decision

January 25, 2010

The Supreme Court ushers in a new age of corporate contributions to political campaigns. Analysis of the decision: its impact on both parties and this fall's congressional elections.

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