biography

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band" by Clinton Heylin

      Before he was a stadium-packing megastar, Bruce Springsteen was an introvert, desperate to strike a balance between his nuanced songwriting and the heft of his backing band. Clinton Heylin’s revelatory biography, E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, chronicles the evolution and influence of Springsteen’s E Street Band as they rose from blue-collar New Jersey to the heights of rock stardom.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Thu December 13, 2012

"Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell" by Katherine Monk

Joni: The Creative Odyssey of Joni Mitchell is a new portrait of the reclusive icon that examines how significant life events — failed relationships, the surrender of her infant daughter, debilitating sickness — have influenced her creative expression.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri November 2, 2012

The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist by John Jenkins

John A. Jenkins joins us to discuss his book, The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist.

John A. Jenkins is president and publisher of CQ Press. He is a four-time recipient of the American Bar Association’s Gavel Award Certificate of Merit, the highest award in legal journalism.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

We welcome Martin Duberman to the show and speak with him about Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott is an Emmy award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. He was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, appeared as a recurring character called "the guy under the seats" on Late Night with David Letterman, and starred in the TV series Get a Life and Everybody Loves Raymond. He is the co-writer and star of the cult classic movie Cabin Boy, and appeared in There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day, and Scary Movie 2, among many other films.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The Book Show #1264 - Naomi Wolf

When an unexpected medical crisis sends Naomi Wolf, author of the modern classic, The Beauty Mythn, on a deeply personal journey to tease out the intersections between sexuality and creativity, she discovers, much to her own astonishment, an increasing body of scientific evidence that suggests that the vagina is not merely flesh, but an intrinsic component of the female brain.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace

D.T. Max sets out to chart David Foster Wallace’s tormented, anguished and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest, before his untimely death by suicide at the age of 46 in 2008.

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Tue July 3, 2012

"Jack Nicholson: The Early Years"

We welcome Chris Fryer to the studio and speak with him about Jack Nicholson: The Early Years - a biography he co-wrote with Robert Crane.

The Roundtable
9:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

"Barack Obama: The Story" by David Maraniss

We welcome Pulitzer-prize winning biographer and associate editor of the Washington Post, David Maraniss, to the program and speak with him about Barack Obama: The Story.

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