This story is based on monstrous and mysterious events of the 19th century including death of Ippolito Nievo, the forgery of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Dreyfus affair and more. In the world Eco creates, conspiracies abound and one man finds himself in the middle of it all.

Henry James has had many biographers, but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American novelist, combining elements of biography, criticism, and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James’s masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady. Literary critic Michael Gorra joins us to discuss Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece.

Turns out that the wonderful cruises we enjoy today are a direct result of the visionary naval architect William Francis Gibbs, who was obsessed with building the greatest ocean liner of all time a century ago and putting the USA at the top of the industry. Author Steven Ujifusa joins to discuss his new book, A Man and His Ship.

Dr. Patricia O’Gorman, Ph.D is an internationally-recognized psychologist in private practice in East Chatham, and Albany, New York, is noted for her work in families, children of alcoholics, trauma, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse.

Danica McKellar has written three New York Times bestselling books aimed at making Math accessible, and her fourth book, Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape was published earlier this month. We welcome the actress and internationally-recognized mathematician back to the show.

For eight hours on a Sunday last August, Tropical Storm Irene created a flash flood sweeping away houses, bridges, highways, cars and shops in three states. Communities became isolated islands when bridges fell and the only way to get in or out was by helicopter. National Guard Humvees patroled the once quiet streets.

Jonathan Tropper’sThis is Where I Leave You, was a breakout book that was praised by critics and landed Tropper on the New York Times  Bestsellers List. Three years after publication, Tropper is back with his new novel: One Last Thing Before I Go.

D.L. Hughley

Aug 20, 2012

D.L. Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today, and star of a fourth HBO one-hour special entitled Unapologetic. We speak with him about his new book, I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up: How the Audacity of Dopes Is Ruining America.

Dave Hill is a comedian, writer, and musician. He has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post, NY Daily News, Guitar World and is a regular contributor to public radio’s This American Life. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BBC America, MTV, and Adult Swim and is a regular host on HBO and Cinemax.

Leonard Slatkin

Aug 17, 2012

We welcome Maestro Leonard Slatkin to the program and speak with him about his new book, Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro, Tanglewood, and John Williams.