Bestselling author David Von Drehle talks about the eight years he spent researching Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War for his book Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle explains how he found it hard to imagine how our 16th president survived 1862 with so many struggles politically and personally. The U.S. Treasury was broke, the Union’s top general was on his deathbed and the Confederacy was poised for a victory. In his personal life, two of Lincoln’s sons came down with typhoid fever, Willie would ultimately die from the disease and his wife Mary Todd would tumble into deep depression. Von Drehle says it was how Lincoln responded to these situations that established him as one of our nation’s greatest leaders.
Henrietta Lacks died from ovarian cancer in 1951, but her cells live on today. This interview explores Henrietta's influence and the book and soon to be movie about her.
Diamond draws on four decades of experiences with tribal people in New Guinea to bring us lessons from the past to be used today.
Novelist Ann Patchett talks about "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage", a collection of essays and articles about life, love, writing, and forgiveness.
If you know Sue Grafton, then you also know Kinsey Millhone. The sharp-tongued, no frills private eye is back in "W is for Wasted," the latest letter in Grafton's best-selling "alphabet" mystery series. Find out...
Khaled Hosseini is known worldwide for his blockbuster, emotionally gripping novels, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. In this interview, get to know a different side of this...
Michael Pollan, best-selling author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and one of the stars of the documentary "Food, Inc.", explains how clever marketing, social changes and even the rise of "foodie culture" are...
Novelist Elizabeth Strout talks candidly about writing, rejection, and the inspiration behind her newest novel, “The Burgess Boys.”
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|DATE||Wednesday March 30th 2013|