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Senator Bernie Sanders: "The Speech"

March 31, 2011

On December 10, 2010, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked on to the floor of the United States Senate and made a speech lasting over eight hours. In it, he blasted the agreement that President Obama struck with Republicans which extended tax cuts for the very rich. But the speech also attacked corporate greed and what he sees as the decline of the American middle class. Senator Sanders joins Diane to discuss his speech and its call to action.

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

Dean Faulkner Wells: "Every Day by the Sun"

March 30, 2011

William Faulkner received a Nobel Prize for Literature for his unique contribution to the modern American novel. The niece he helped raise offers an intimate portrait of her uncle and the Faulkners of Mississippi.

Tina Rosenberg: "Join the Club"

Tina Rosenberg: "Join the Club"

March 29, 2011

Peer pressure is usually associated with negative behavior. But a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist argues it also can transform the world in positive ways. In her new book, "Join the Club," Tina Rosenberg offers examples from Serbia, South Africa, India and the U.S.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana"

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana"

March 17, 2011

The story of an Afghan woman who defied the odds under Taliban rule: how she started a dressmaking business, employed more than 100 women, and saved her family in the process.

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"

March 16, 2011

Diane and her guest will discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

Joshua Foer: "Moonwalking with Einstein"

Joshua Foer: "Moonwalking with Einstein"

March 15, 2011

An in-depth investigation of memory and the art of remembering everything.

Stacey Lannert : "Redemption"

Stacey Lannert : "Redemption"

March 8, 2011

Her father began sexually abusing her when she was eight. Ten years later, she killed him. The story of a woman's survival, and how she found freedom serving a life sentence in prison.

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

March 3, 2011

What the world's fiercest robotics competition means for America's future. Best-selling author, Neal Bascomb, follows the story of a team of high school seniors and their mentors as they race to built a robot. How their success may herald a new kind of cool that rewards brains over brawn.

Andre Dubus III: "Townie"

Andre Dubus III: "Townie"

February 28, 2011

To survive a childhood in a tough Massachusetts mill town, author Andre Dubus III transformed himself into a muscled street fighter. In a new memoir, he recounts how he channeled anger into writing and mended his relationship with his famous father.

Jonathan Franklin: "33 Men"

February 24, 2011

The dramatic plight and rescue of thirty-three entombed Chilean miners captured the world's attention last October. Journalist, Jonathan Franklin, interviewed the men and tells their story: how they survived trapped deep underground, the rescue operation that brought them to the surface, and the haunting aftermath of their captivity.

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