Non-Fiction

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.

Dale Carpenter: "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas"

March 15, 2012

A law professor tells the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley:  "The Emotional Life of Your Brain"

Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley: "The Emotional Life of Your Brain"

March 14, 2012

Neuropsychologist Richard Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley explain how your brain chemistry affects the way you think, feel and live - and whether you can change your emotional style.

Sylvester Schieber: "The Predictable Surprise: The Unraveling of the U.S. Retirement System"

March 12, 2012

The former Chairman of the Social Security Advisory Board explains the history of social security, pension plans and other retirement options. He describes why a crisis is looming and what we can do to address the problems ahead.

Timothy Snyder:  "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

Timothy Snyder: "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

February 27, 2012

Historian Tony Judt was stricken by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But he retained the power of speech and thought. His friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder describes their collaboration on a book about the clash of twentieth century ideas. during the final months of his life.

Robert Kagan: "The World America Made"

February 13, 2012

Foreign policy strategist Robert Kagan has influenced both Presidents Bush and Obama. He argues America is not in decline: His take on the future of U.S. power in the world.

Hal Weitzman: "Latin Lessons"

February 8, 2012

Diane talks to Hal Weitzman, Financial Times correspondent and author of "Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering" about the mistakes the U.S. has made in Latin America, and the high price he says we will pay for them.

Eric Klinenberg:  "Going Solo:  The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone"

Eric Klinenberg: "Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone"

February 6, 2012

A sociologist examines the cultural, business and political effects of the biggest demographic shift since the baby boom: living alone.

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