Performing Arts

The Future of Classical Music

The Future of Classical Music

July 22, 2014

A look at the current state of classical music in American culture, the financial health of its institutions, and new efforts to make it more accessible to millenials.

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

Natalie Merchant on Her New Self-Titled Album "Natalie Merchant"

July 2, 2014

A conversation with Natalie Merchant about her new album, her first release of original music in 13 years.

A Conversation with Rob Lowe

A Conversation with Rob Lowe

June 12, 2014

Diane talks with Rob Lowe about his latest autobiography titled, "Love Life," and his career in film and television.

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.

A Special Rebroadcast: Diane's 1988 Interview With Shirley Temple Black

February 19, 2014

From the archives of The Diane Rehm Show: a special rebroadcast of a 1988 interview with Shirley Temple Black. The child star and former ambassador died last week at age 85.

"Downton Abbey" Creator And Cast Members

"Downton Abbey" Creator And Cast Members

December 11, 2013

The Emmy Award-winning "Downton Abbey" begins its next season in January on PBS. “Downton” creator Julian Fellowes and three cast members on the surprising success of the show and what to expect in season four.

Actor Christine Lahti

October 15, 2013

Actor Christine Lahti is best known for playing a doctor in TV’s "Chicago Hope." She joins Diane to talk about the work that earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar -– and her starring role in a new play.

Ricky Skaggs: "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music"

August 15, 2013

Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Skaggs reflects on 50 years of playing bluegrass and country hits. In a new memoir, he recalls his early days as a child prodigy in Kentucky and later performing with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

David Rothenberg: "Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise" (Rebroadcast)

July 5, 2013

A musician travels the world to study the science of bug music: what we can learn from sounds of crickets, cicadas and beetles.

Shohreh Aghdashloo: "The Alley Of Love And Yellow Jasmines"

June 13, 2013

Emmy Award-winning Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo reflects on her personal journey from Tehran to Hollywood.

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