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.

"Healing at the Speed of Sound"

October 13, 2011

Too much of the wrong types of sounds can be as bad for us as junk food, according to our guest today. But getting the right sound mix can improve our health, productivity and mental agility. Don Campbell, author of “Healing at the Speed of Sound” explains why a healthy sound diet is so critical to our well-being.

Candice Millard:  "Destiny of the Republic" (Rebroadcast)

Candice Millard: "Destiny of the Republic" (Rebroadcast)

October 10, 2011

James Garfield became president with great hopes and ideals. He was dead within four months. On the 130th anniversary of his death, a best-selling author tells the story of Garfield's inspiring life and explains how he really died.

Ellen Schultz: "Retirement Heist"

October 6, 2011

An investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal reveals how large employers and the retirement industry have boosted corporate profits and executive pay at the expense of retirees' pensions and health benefits.

Joel Brenner: "America the Vulnerable"

October 3, 2011

These days, spies can operate remotely from anywhere in the world over cyberspace. Operatives have already shown their ability to penetrate power plants, steal submarine technology, rob banks, and invade the Pentagon's secret...

Jeremy Rifkin: "The Third Industrial Revolution"

September 27, 2011

An economist explains how internet technology and renewable energy are merging to change the way we live and work.

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