For too long, historian Sven Beckert argues, historians have depicted slavery as a non-capitalist “Southern pathology.” In his new book, “Empire of Cotton,” Beckert shows how slavery was actually at the very roots of modern American capitalism. Continue reading
Kate DiCamillo spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about her new role as National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature. Kate DiCamillo wasn’t always a writer. Self-described as a “late-bloomer,” she didn’t actually start writing until she was 30 years … Continue reading
- A Poetic Odyssey: Dick Davis translates Hafez in “Faces of Love,” his new installment in a life dedicated to medieval Persian literature
Dick Davis spoke to PBS NewsHour chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new book “Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz.” According to Dick Davis, Hafez is the poetry world’s version of Bach. “People say that Bach … Continue reading
Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of Masterpiece on PBS, talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about her decades long career creating British dramas. Rebecca Eaton grew up an Anglophile, reading British novels and “pretending to be the heroines.” That passion … Continue reading
Robert Hilburn talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about his new book, “Johnny Cash: The Life.” “Johnny Cash talked right from the heart,” says Robert Hilburn, longtime former music critic for the Los Angeles Times and author of a … Continue reading
Ann Patchett reflects on fiction version nonfiction and the state of books today in a conversation with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown. “Nonfiction is easy and fiction is hard.” That’s according to Ann Patchett, author of “Bel Canto” and “State … Continue reading
Classical pianist Jeremy Denk spoke to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown before a recital for the Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C in October. To explain the relationship between aria and variation in J.S. Bach’s … Continue reading
James McBride talks to chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about interpreting the structures of slavery in his new book “The Good Lord Bird.” “I had to create something that would allow people room to laugh at things they can’t really … Continue reading
Frederick Douglass traveling through Ireland in 1845 to stir up support for his abolitionist cause. The first non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1919. Sen. George Mitchell in 1998 trying to forge a peace treaty in Northern Ireland. Those actual people and events are at the heart of a fictional story in the new novel “TransAtlantic” by author Colum McCann.
The new film “No Place on Earth” tells the incredible story of a small group of Jews who literally went underground, into caves, to escape the horrors of the Holocaust.