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Environmental Outlook:  "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow (Rebroadcast)

Environmental Outlook: "American Canopy" by Eric Rutkow (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2012

How America's trees and forests shaped the nation.

Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2012

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

Adam Makos: "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II"

Adam Makos: "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II"

December 20, 2012

In his new book, “A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II”, author Adam Makos describes the fateful wartime encounter, and how the two men found each other nearly 50 years later.

Lady Bird Johnson, An Oral History

December 6, 2012

The transformation of a shy country girl to first lady and her life with President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Robert Gottlieb: "Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens"

December 3, 2012

Charles Dickens created some of the most famous child characters in fiction: Little Nell, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield. Dickens was also the father of 10, possibly 11, sons and daughters. Author Robert Gottlieb explores their lives and what Dickens was like as a father and a man.

Paul Reid: "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965"

November 26, 2012

An award-winning journalist presents a revelatory portrait of Winston Churchill as a brilliant, flawed and dynamic leader in the last 25 years of his life.

Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders:  A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks

October 31, 2012

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

Jonathan Jones: "The Lost Battles"

Jonathan Jones: "The Lost Battles"

October 29, 2012

Art historian and critic Jonathan Jones details the fierce 16th century competition in Florence, Italy, between Leonardo da Vinci and his much younger rival, Michelangelo.

Paul French:  "Midnight in Peking:  How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

October 8, 2012

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

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