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NEH Chairman James Leach

December 7, 2009

The Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities takes aim at the culture wars. Former Republican Congressman Jim Leach describes his a fifty-state civility tour as part of a new "Bridging Cultures" initiative.

Robert Darnton: "The Case for Books" (PublicAffairs)

November 23, 2009

The future of books in a digital age. How the digital revolution and electronic books will affect the marketplace of ideas.

Christopher Andrew: "Defend the Realm" (Knopf)

November 10, 2009

A leading historian of intelligence presents the first authorized history of the British Secret Service MI5.

Kati Marton: "Enemies of the People" (Simon & Schuster)

November 9, 2009

A daughter delves into secret police files in Hungary to discover the truth about her parents, how they were spied on and betrayed during the Cold War.

Barbara Kingsolver: "The Lacuna" (Harper Collins)

November 5, 2009

Bestselling writer Barbara Kingsolver on her latest novel which explores how history and public opinion can shape a life.

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...

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