Non-Fiction

Ray Kurzweil: "How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed"

November 27, 2012

Futurist Ray Kurzweil explains how the brain works, how the mind emerges from the brain and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of human intelligence.

Paul Reid: "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965"

November 26, 2012

An award-winning journalist presents a revelatory portrait of Winston Churchill as a brilliant, flawed and dynamic leader in the last 25 years of his life.

Domingo Martinez: "The Boy Kings Of Texas:  A Memoir"

Domingo Martinez: "The Boy Kings Of Texas: A Memoir"

November 1, 2012

Domingo Martinez is the only author without a Pulitzer Prize to be nominated for this year's National Book Award. He joins Diane to discuss his memoir about growing up between two cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico.

Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk:  Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

Jessica Pierce: "The Last Walk: Reflections On Our Pets At The End Of Their Lives"

October 25, 2012

Bioethicist Jessica Pierce explores the practical, medical and moral issues facing pet owners at the end of a companion animal’s life.

Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

Laurie Rubin: "Do You Dream in Color? Insights From A Girl Without Sight"

October 22, 2012

Laurie Rubin is a mezzo-soprano opera singer, an author and a jewelry designer. She is also blind. She gives the answer to the question people ask her most: Do you dream in color?

Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

Henry Kellerman: "Personality: How It Forms"

October 18, 2012

A psychologist explains why the way we learn to manage anger as a child is so critical to our personalities as adults.

Paul French:  "Midnight in Peking:  How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

Paul French: "Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China" (Rebroadcast)

October 8, 2012

Historian and China expert uses modern resources to solve a long forgotten murder mystery in the last days of colonial Peking.

Cheryl Strayed:  "Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" (Rebroadcast)

Cheryl Strayed: "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" (Rebroadcast)

October 8, 2012

Heartbreak and loss led a young woman to embark on an epic journey. Cheryl Strayed describes how she put her life back together while hiking the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest trail alone.

Ruth Richardson: "Dickens & the Workhouse: Oliver Twist and the London Poor" (Rebroadcast)

September 3, 2012

The recent discovery that as a youth Charles Dickens lived only a few doors from a major London workhouse made headlines worldwide. Diane and her guest talk about the campaign to save it from demolition and Dicken's pre-occuptation with the bleak workhouse at the heart of his novel.

Tal McThenia & Margaret Dunbar Cutright: "A Case For Solomon: Bobby Dunbar And The Kidnapping That Haunted A Nation"

Tal McThenia & Margaret Dunbar Cutright: "A Case For Solomon: Bobby Dunbar And The Kidnapping That Haunted A Nation"

August 14, 2012

In 1912, the 4-year-old son of a wealthy Louisiana family went missing. A legal battle erupted over his identity when he was found months later. His granddaughter Margaret Dunbar Cutright and documentarian Tal McThenia describe the struggle to determine the boy's identity.

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