Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins is author of nine volumes of poetry, including the forthcoming Horoscopes of the Dead. He is interviewed by Garrison Keillor, host and writer of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writer's Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the country. A 2011 KET production taped at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville.
Literacy advocate Greg Mortenson discusses his bestselling book Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time with Jacki Lyden in this 2008 interview. Co-authored with David Oliver Relin, it chronicles Mortenson's efforts to build schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Larson's In the Garden of Beasts tells of Hitler s early years in power through the perspective of the U.S. ambassador to Germany at the time, William Dodd. At first this new world seemed full of energy and goodwill, nothing like what newspapers back home had portrayed. But slowly a pall of intrigue and terror fell over the family until the cataclysmic weekend that changed things forever.
Steven Pinker, an experimental psychologist at Harvard University and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, is interviewed by Neal Conan, host of Talk of the Nation on NPR.
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