Non-Fiction

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

Katy Butler: "Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death"

November 11, 2013

About 24 million Americans are helping care for aging parents. One woman's story of how her father's final years led her mother to defy the medical system and meet death on her own terms.

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

Wil Hylton: "Vanished"

November 6, 2013

After World War II, the U.S. government declared 73,000 soldiers MIA. The search for the missing men and the ongoing quest by explorers and scientists to bring closure to families.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism"

Doris Kearns Goodwin: "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism"

November 5, 2013

The nation's 26th president was both a leader of the Republican Party and a Progressive. How Theodore Roosevelt used his "bully pulpit" -- a term he coined -- to push through laws to break up monopolies, protect consumers and create national parks.

Rebecca Eaton: "Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind The Scenes At Masterpiece Theatre And Mystery! On PBS"

October 29, 2013

The executive producer of TV's "Masterpiece Theatre" series talks about her decades-long career and why she first turned down "Downton Abbey."

Pat Conroy: "The Death Of Santini"

October 23, 2013

Novelist Pat Conroy talks with Diane about his new memoir. In it, he describes his stormy family history, specifically his relationship with his father, the inspiration for his best-seller, "The Great Santini."

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

October 17, 2013

A new book on one of society's most ubiquitous products. Since its invention 2,000 years ago in China, paper has revolutionized human civilization. A look at paper's sweeping influence on society from Islamic scholarship to the Pentagon Papers.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "For The Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call To Solving Our Nation's Problems"

October 16, 2013

The chair of the Democratic National Committee talks with Diane about her nine years in the House of Representatives, the problems facing America and how she believes we can move beyond political gridlock to solve them.

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

October 10, 2013

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

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