Non-Fiction

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2011

An award-winning historian on the making of the transcontinental railroads in the 19th century:How they shaped modern America and why he thinks they laid the groundwork for today’s economic problems.

Richard Rhodes:  "Hedy's Folly:  The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

Richard Rhodes: "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

December 20, 2011

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author describes how 1940s movie star Hedy Lamarr helped invent the technology that makes cell phones and GPS devices possible.

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2011

On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we'll look at how the events of December 7, 1941, unfolded and the mark they left on America and the world.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Jean Baker: "Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion"

November 15, 2011

Margaret Sanger spent her life fighting to give women access to birth control. A new biography of the family planning pioneer and why she remains controversial today.

Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

Mark Whitaker: "My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir"

November 3, 2011

CNN executive, former Newsweek editor and award-winning journalist Mark Whitaker delves into the factual and emotional aspects of his family's complicated, interracial history.

Robert Frank:  "The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good"

Robert Frank: "The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good"

October 27, 2011

New York Times economics columnist, Robert Frank, on what Charles Darwin can teach us about building a better society. Why he believes Darwin's understanding of competition describes our economic reality more accurately than the "invisible hand" of economist, Adam Smith.

Steven Naifeh:  "Van Gogh: The Life"

Steven Naifeh: "Van Gogh: The Life"

October 24, 2011

Nineteenth-century artist Vincent van Gogh is remembered for his madness as much as his art. The authors of a new biography offer fresh perspectives on both.

Jill Abramson:  "The Puppy Diaries"

Jill Abramson: "The Puppy Diaries"

October 19, 2011

She's the first woman to be executive editor of The New York Times. She's a best-selling and award-winning author. And she's an unabashed dog lover. Jill Abramson on the joys and challenges of raising a puppy.

Steve Inskeep:  "Instant City"

Steve Inskeep: "Instant City"

October 17, 2011

NPR’s Steve Inskeep reflects on life in modern Karachi, a place he’s explored in a decade of reporting from Pakistan. Why one of the largest cities on earth is a microcosm of the developing world.

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