Non-Fiction

Wil Hylton: "Vanished" (Rebroadcast)

May 26, 2014

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

James Webb: "I Heard My Country Calling"

James Webb: "I Heard My Country Calling"

May 19, 2014

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) grew up in a military family and went on to serve as a highly decorated combat Marine in the Vietnam War, and later, secretary of the Navy. We talk with Webb about leadership, love of country and life after Congress.

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

May 14, 2014

In 1974, high wire artist Philippe Petit dazzled the world when he walked on a tightrope between New York's Twin Towers. In his new book, "Creativity: The Perfect Crime" he makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.

Sam Kean: "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness, And Recovery"

Sam Kean: "The Tale Of The Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History Of The Human Brain As Revealed By True Stories Of Trauma, Madness, And Recovery"

May 13, 2014

Long before advanced imaging technology, scientists relied on behavioral changes to learn about the human brain. How injuries and freak accidents contributed to modern neuroscience.

Rana Dasgupta: "Capital: The Eruption of Delhi"

Rana Dasgupta: "Capital: The Eruption of Delhi"

May 8, 2014

A new book paints a portrait of modern Delhi. We look at the transformation of India’s capital city from a rural backwater locale to the center of the nation’s new global elite.

Marlo Thomas: "It Aint Over..."

Marlo Thomas: "It Aint Over..."

May 1, 2014

From starring in “That Girl” to writing best-selling books and fundraising for cancer research, award-winning actress Marlo Thomas has in many ways reinvented herself. She talks about her life and other women who have started a new career or business mid-life.

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

April 9, 2014

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

Scott Eyman: "John Wayne: The Life and Legend"

April 8, 2014

Thirty-five years after his death, John Wayne is still named as one of America's top ten favorite movie stars -- possibly because he became a symbol of the nation itself. Diane and biographer Scott Eyman discuss the life and legend of the actor who once claimed: "I played the kind of man I'd like to have been."

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism"

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet Of Things, The Collaborative Commons, And The Eclipse Of Capitalism"

March 31, 2014

Economist Jeremy Rifkin argues capitalism is waning worldwide. How advances in technology and communications are creating a new economic system based on the sharing of goods and services.

Jane Fonda: "Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More"

Jane Fonda: "Being A Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More"

March 27, 2014

For nearly two decades, Jane Fonda has dedicated herself to the issue of adolescent health. Now she's translated what she's learned into a guide on sexuality and development for young people.

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