William Broad: "The Oracle" (Penguin)

March 13, 2006

She advised the great Greek philosophers, kings sought her counsel, and armies wouldn't march without a sign from her for guidance. The Oracle at Delphi was a real person with seemingly mystical powers derived in part from inhaling a...

More questions about the Koran

March 6, 2006

Diane's guests from February 17 return to discuss obligations of Islam, prohibited behavior, and the role of women as laid out in the Koran.

The Koran

February 17, 2006

Misperceptions and explanations.

Readers Review: "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk

January 18, 2006

A discussion of the 2004 novel by Turkey's best-selling author. Orhan Pamuk is currently being prosecuted in his country for "insulting Turkish identity." "Snow" explores the collision of Western values with Islamic...

Bruce Feiler: "Where God Was Born" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2005

Diane takes a trip with bestselling author Bruce Feiler through Israel, Iraq and Iran to explore the common roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

40th Anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

December 23, 2005

For 40 years millions of Americans have tuned in to watch Charlie Brown discover the true meaning of Christmas. A look at the making of a holiday classic.

Readers' Review: "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis

December 21, 2005

Diane invites listeners to join her and a panel to discuss the first book Lewis wrote in what would become "The Chronicles of Narnia" series.

John Allen: "The Rise of Benedict XVI" and "Opus Dei" (Doubleday)

December 15, 2005

One of America's most respected Vatican journalists discusses the first eight months of Pope Benedict XVI's papacy. He also provides an objective look at the secrecy, rumors, and power behind one of the Catholic Church's most controversial...

Bart Ehrman: "Misquoting Jesus" (Harper SanFrancisco)

December 8, 2005

A New Testament scholar describes how mistakes and intentional changes made by scribes who hand copied the words of Jesus and the writings of Saint Paul have shaped cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs.

Marilynne Robinson: "Gilead" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2005

Twenty-four years have passed since her first critically acclaimed novel. Marilynne Robinson presents her long-awaited second novel about an aging minister reflecting on his abolitionist ancestors, spirituality, and the mysteries of life.

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