Leisure & Lifestyle

Tori Murden McClure: "A Pearl In the Storm" (Collins)

April 23, 2009

The first American woman to row solo across the Atlantic explains how she did it. A story of high adventure, hurricanes, and finding love.

Mary McGarry Morris: "The Last Secret" (Random House)

April 7, 2009

Mary McGarry Morris presents her latest novel. It explores the dangerous burden of not facing the truth as long-buried secrets threaten to unravel the life of a woman who seems to have everything.

Steve Lopez: "The Soloist" (Berkley) (Rebroadcast)

March 22, 2009

An L.A. Times columnist set out to save a mentally-ill homeless musician and found his own life profoundly changed. A true story about an unlikely friendship and the redemptive power of music.

Steve Lopez: "The Soloist" (Berkley)

March 16, 2009

An L.A. Times columnist set out to save a mentally-ill homeless musician and found his own life profoundly changed. A true story about an unlikely friendship and the redemptive power of music.

Reader's Review: "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike (Rebroadcast)

March 1, 2009

In appreciation of John Updike, who died in January at age 76, we chose the first of his most famous quartet of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom. Set in mid-20th century America, they feature a high school basketball star turned car...

Reader's Review: "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike

February 25, 2009

In appreciation of John Updike, who died in January at age 76, we chose the first of his most famous quartet of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom. Set in mid-20th century America, they feature a high school basketball star turned car...

Yiyun Li : "The Vagrants" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

February 22, 2009

An award-winning, Beijing-born writer presents her debut novel. It is based on a true story of the public execution in nineteen-seventy-nine of a young woman who served in the Red Guard before denouncing communism.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot: "The Third Chapter"

February 19, 2009

Renowned sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explains how today’s generation of fifty to seventy-five-year-olds are transforming their retirement years.

Yiyun Li : "The Vagrants" (Random House)

February 18, 2009

An award-winning, Beijing-born writer presents her debut novel. It is based on a true story of the public execution in nineteen-seventy-nine of a young woman who served in the Red Guard before denouncing communism.

Martha Sandweiss: "Passing Strange" (Penguin)

February 11, 2009

Clarence King was a famed explorer, scientist, and hero of late nineteenth century history. But the blue-eyed and fair-skinned King also led a secret double life passing as a black man. A historian examines the secret King only revealed...

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