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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.

 New Clues about the Sinking of Titanic

New Clues about the Sinking of Titanic

April 11, 2012

It's been 100 years since the British ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 people. Now, high-definition images made possible by advances in optical technology offer new clues about the ship’s violent descent to the sea floor.

Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning"

March 27, 2012

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

Dale Carpenter: "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas"

March 15, 2012

A law professor tells the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

Sara Mansfield  Taber: "Born Under an Assumed Name"

Sara Mansfield Taber: "Born Under an Assumed Name"

March 13, 2012

Sara Mansfield Taber joins Diane to discuss her memoir of her exotic childhood as the daughter of a Cold War spy.

David Wolman: "The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Dreamers -- and the Coming Cashless Society"

March 8, 2012

Diane and her guest discuss the future of cash. They explore its cross- cultural past, how cash works today, and what life will be like if it becomes obsolete.

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