Non-Fiction

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.

Brian Jay Jones: "Jim Henson: The Biography"

September 25, 2013

Most people know Jim Henson as the man behind Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, and Ernie from "Sesame Street." But the creator of the Muppets was also a savvy businessman with a complicated personal life. Guest host Susan Page talks with biographer Brian Jay Jones and Henson's colleague, Dave Goelz, on Henson's life and legacy.

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

September 24, 2013

The author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" talks about the evolution of his own thinking.

Barry Meier: "Pain Killer"

September 12, 2013

The use of narcotic painkillers has boomed over the past decade, but a book says new research shows that opioids are often ineffective in treating long-term pain and can have serious health consequences.

Matt Apuzzo And Adam Goldman: "Enemies Within"

September 11, 2013

Since 9/11, Americans have been engaged in a debate about the extent to which privacy must be given up to make the nation safer. The authors argue that many of our counterterrorism measures are more invasive than we realize and are not effective.

Dan Balz: "Collision 2012: Obama Vs. Romney And The Future Of Elections In America"

August 8, 2013

Behind the scenes of the 2012 presidential race and how the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney could shape future American elections.

W. Bernard Carlson: "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age"

W. Bernard Carlson: "Tesla: Inventor Of The Electric Age"

July 10, 2013

The inventions of Nikola Tesla at the turn of the 20th century set the stage for how we produce and use electricity today. A new biography examines his visionary approach to invention and the business strategies behind his technological breakthroughs.

Olympia Snowe: "Fighting For Common Ground: How We Can Fix The Stalemate In Congress"

May 21, 2013

When Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican, announced she would not seek re-election in 2012, she spoke of her frustration with political polarization. Now, in a new book, she lays out how lawmakers can find common ground.

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

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

April 9, 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.

Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

Adam Grant: "Give and Take"

April 8, 2013

A Wharton school professor re-examines what it takes to succeed and finds many misconceptions. What we can learn from people who are both extremely giving and extremely successful.

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