Non-Fiction

Dan Rather: "Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News"

May 3, 2012

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather defends his reputation and reflects on his 60 years as a reporter.

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

May 2, 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.

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

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

April 26, 2012

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

Karen Spears Zacharias:  "A Silence of Mockingbirds:  The Memoir of a Murder"

Karen Spears Zacharias: "A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder"

April 25, 2012

A journalist exposes the failures of an entire community to protect the 3-year-old daughter of a close family friend.

Ross Douthat: "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics"

April 19, 2012

Many former churchgoers are turning to non-traditional Christianity. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat explains why he believes America has become a nation of heretics.

Leslie Maitland:  "Crossing the Borders of Time:  A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed"

Leslie Maitland: "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed"

April 17, 2012

A daughter tells the story of her mother's escape from the Nazis in World War II and what became of the love she left behind in France.

Blaine Harden, Shin Dong-Hyuk: "Escape from Camp 14"

April 4, 2012

Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in a political prison camp in North Korea, where he was starved, tortured and forced to watch the execution of his mother and brother. Veteran journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of how Shin survived - and finally escaped.

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

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

March 28, 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.

Akash Kapur: India Becoming

Akash Kapur: India Becoming

March 20, 2012

India has been hailed as a model for the developing world. But its economic boom has led to a widening wealth gap, environmental damage and increase in crime. The price of growth in modern India.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

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