Non-Fiction

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

Geraldine Brooks: "Caleb's Crossing"

May 9, 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.

Dr. Randy Christensen:  "Ask Me Why I Hurt"

Dr. Randy Christensen: "Ask Me Why I Hurt"

May 5, 2011

More than one million children in the United States today are homeless. As a result, many of them lack regular health care. One pediatrician founded a doctor's office on wheels to help solve that problem. Diane and her guest talk about the physical and mental health problems facing homeless adolescents in America.

Rep. Ron Paul: "Liberty Defined"

May 3, 2011

Twelve-term Congressman Ron Paul is a libertarian Tea Party favorite. The GOP presidential hopeful is pro-small government and a harsh critic of the Federal Reserve. Ron Paul's vision for America.

Alice Walker: "The Chicken Chronicles"

Alice Walker: "The Chicken Chronicles"

May 2, 2011

Alice Walker is a renowned author, poet and activist, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Color Purple." She discusses how raising backyard chickens turned into a journey of personal discovery.

Eric Felten: "Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue"

Eric Felten: "Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue"

April 28, 2011

Loyalty is considered by some to be essential to a live well lived. While the time-honored virtue provides the bonds of love, friendship, and community, it can also be plagued with complications and conflicts. A look at why the path to fidelity -- despite its rewards -- is sometimes littered with moral land mines.

James Stewart: "Tangled Webs"

April 26, 2011

What Martha Stewart, Bernie Madoff, Barry Bonds and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby have in common. An exploration of perjury and false statements.

Garrett Graff: "The Threat Matrix"

April 25, 2011

Since the 9/11 attacks, the FBI has undergone a radical transformation. Under the leadership of Robert Mueller, the bureau has become a worldwide anti-crime and anti-terrorism network with more than 13,000 agents serving in nearly 80...

President Obama's First Two Years in Office

President Obama's First Two Years in Office

April 21, 2011

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, he vowed to change the way Washington worked. He came into office ready to overhaul America's health care system, deal with climate change, and pass immigration reform. While he has enjoyed some major achievements, he has also faced unprecedented political, financial, and foreign policy challenges. Diane and her guests talk about the first two years of the Obama presidency.

Caitlin Kelly: "Malled"

April 19, 2011

Life on the other side of the cash register: A journalist describes what she learned about the world of American retail after getting laid off from her newspaper job and joining the ranks of low-wage workers selling over-priced goods in a mall.

Deval Patrick: "A Reason to Believe"

April 14, 2011

Deval Patrick, the first African-American governor of Massachusetts, talks with Diane about his unlikely path to politics, and what he calls his campaign against cynicism.

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