Opinion

David McCullough, Jr.: "You Are Not Special" (Rebroadcast)

May 26, 2014

You are not special. That was the message behind a controversial commencement speech by a Massachusetts high school teacher that went viral on social media. In a new book, he defends his argument that teenagers are profoundly harmed by the growing pressure to be exceptional.

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

Philippe Petit: "Creativity: The Perfect Crime"

May 14, 2014

In 1974, high wire artist Philippe Petit dazzled the world when he walked on a tightrope between New York's Twin Towers. In his new book, "Creativity: The Perfect Crime" he makes the case that breaking the rules is the key to creativity.

David McCullough, Jr.: "You Are Not Special"

April 24, 2014

You are not special. That was the message behind a controversial commencement speech by a Massachusetts high school teacher that went viral on social media. In a new book, he defends his argument that teenagers are profoundly harmed by the growing pressure to be exceptional.

Democracy In Trouble

Democracy In Trouble

May 28, 2013

A new study says democracy is in trouble on both sides of the Atlantic. Diane and her guests discuss why citizens in North America and Europe feel disconnected from their government as well as prospects for reviving the democratic spirit.

Frank Partnoy: "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay"

July 10, 2012

We live in a fast-paced world that values quick thinking. But business and law expert Frank Partnoy warns against snap judgments and argues for the wisdom of delay.

Kevin Bleyer: "Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest To Rewrite The Constitution Of the United States of America"

Kevin Bleyer: "Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest To Rewrite The Constitution Of the United States of America"

June 11, 2012

Kevin Bleyer is an Emmy Award-winning writer for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and a joke writer for President Barack Obama. He just published a humorous rewrite of the U.S. Constitution, and joins Diane to discuss what he learned about American history and values along the way.

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2011

A look at the evolutionary basis of shyness and social anxiety. Possible advantages to being shy, and why treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

Bob Edwards: "A Voice in the Box"

September 26, 2011

Long-time "Morning Edition" host Bob Edwards joins Diane to talk about his 40 years in radio. Edwards reflects on his more than 30,000 interviews, why he left NPR, and what it's like to be a satellite radio pioneer.

Shyness and Social Anxiety

Shyness and Social Anxiety

August 9, 2011

A look at the evolutionary basis of shyness and social anxiety. Possible advantages to being shy, and why treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

A Conversation with Grover Norquist

July 14, 2011

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist explains why he's holding Republicans to his no-new-taxes pledge. He talks about his role in the GOP and the current debt ceiling battles.

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