Non-Fiction

Diana Reiss: "Dolphin in the Mirror"

September 15, 2011

For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship. One of the world's leading dolphin experts reveals the secrets behind their sophisticated playfulness, emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate in ways we never imagined. She talks with Diane about how the animals are mistreated and what can be done to stop it.

Jim Lehrer: "Tension City"

September 13, 2011

Jim Lehrer likens the job of moderating a presidential debate to “walking down the blade of a knife.” And he should know. Lehrer has moderated eleven presidential debates. It’s a distinction that’s earned him the nickname, the...

Concussions: An Overlooked Epidemic

September 12, 2011

Concussions are on the rise in the U.S. and not just among athletes. Diane and her guests discuss the science and symptoms of brain injuries and why they’re often undetected.

Joseph McCartin: "Collision Course"

September 7, 2011

An historian explains how Ronald Reagan's confrontation with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization changed the American workplace in ways the former president could not predict and did not advocate.

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing" (Rebroadcast)

September 5, 2011

In 1665 a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. This little-known fact inspires Geraldine Brooks’ latest novel: imagining love, loss and the struggle to bridge cultural divides.

Conor O'Clery: "Moscow, December 25, 1991"

September 1, 2011

He was the Moscow correspondent for the Irish Times when the the Soviet Union fell apart twenty years ago. Conor O'Clery reflects on the end of the communist superpower.

Shannen Rossmiller: "The Unexpected Patriot"

August 31, 2011

How a mother of three and a Montana municipal court judge became an online terrorist-hunter after 9/11.

Gary Younge: "Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the Twenty-First Century?"

August 25, 2011

Americans are obsessed with identity -- from our ethnic roots to gay marriage to the President's birth certificate. Identity often determines whom we elect to public office; informs the choices we make to stay safe; and figures in the decision to go to war. A look at how we identify ourselves and why it matters.

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

August 16, 2011

On the frontlines of school reform: A veteran journalist reports on an unlikely coalition of parents, teachers, Republicans and Democrats trying to fix America’s failing schools.

Geoffrey Gray: "Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper"

August 10, 2011

The author of a new book on the nation’s only unsolved skyjacking discusses why the 40-year mystery of D.B. Cooper has become a legend and a curse.

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