With the critically acclaimed Sin in the Second City, best-selling author Karen Abbott “pioneered sizzle history” (USA Today). Now she returns with the gripping and expansive story of America’s coming-of-age—told through the extraordinary life of Gypsy Rose Lee and the world she survived and conquered.
"Well done biography of a complicated Icon"
The Kennedys were the most famous family in England when Joseph became American Ambassador in London. But daughter Rosemary's behaviour began to cause the family increasing concern. Award winning writer Charlotte Jones' play is inspired by the lives of two of JFK's sisters, 'Rosemary' Kennedy, who died in 2005, but underwent a prefrontal lobotomy aged 23 and Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy who married the heir to the Duke of Devonshire.
Anderson Cooper discusses his life and his memoir with guest host Claire Shipman of ABC News. Helen Fisher of Rutgers University and Jeffrey Rosen of The Atlantic Monthly discuss sex in the United States and laws regarding sex and reproduction with guest host Dan Abrams of MSNBC. We conclude with a panel on the best American fiction of the last 25 years with guest host Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review.
America has a funny relationship with learning and work. On the one hand, we value education as a way of avoiding manual labor. But, we ridicule academics as living in an ivory tower. What’s rarely discussed is the intelligence required to do physical work. Join Krista Tippett as she explores education, democracy, and the intelligence in all kinds of labor.
An hour with David McCullough on his book The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris.
Academy Award nominee and Tony-winner Viola Davis and director Kenny Leon discuss their play Fences. Next, Peter Beinart discusses his book The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris.