For author Ann Patchett, writing fiction is hard but non-fiction is easy. In a new collection of essays, “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” Patchett reveals her personal side and reviews her education as a writer. Jeffrey Brown talks to Patchett about the themes she covers, from writing advice to relationships. Continue reading
Researchers are hopeful the recovery of 1,400 Nazi-looted modernist masterpieces will help the art world learn more about the work and careers of artists like Picasso and Matisse. For more on how and why the valuable collection was amassed, Judy Woodruff talks to Claremont McKenna College professor Jonathan Petropoulos. Continue reading
"I knew that poets seemed to be miserable," says writer Billy Collins about his younger self, yearning to fit in. While he admits he "faked a miserable character" at the start of his career, he’s since embraced his sense of humor. Jeffrey Brown talks to Collins about his new collection, "Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems." Continue reading
The controversy unleashed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began in June when The Guardian newspaper first reported on leaks about U.S. monitoring of phone calls. Since then, information about the NSA’s surveillance have threatened trust at home and relationships with U.S. allies abroad. Ray Suarez recaps the revelations. Continue reading
As the former head of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Barack Obama, Joshua Dubois would seek and offer scripture to serve as inspiration in daily life and in the face of national tragedy. Gwen Ifill sits down with Dubois to discuss his collection, titled "The President’s Devotional." Continue reading
Poet Gregory Orr rhapsodizes on a theme he has explored for nearly a decade: the “beloved,” the things we love. Of course, what we love can change over time, he says. “It can make you crazy by … shifting from one thing to another and yet, of course, that’s also dazzling,” he told the PBS NewsHour. The untitled poem from Orr’s latest collection, “River Inside the River” continues a sequence of poems on that theme.
Judy Woodruff sits down with two former NSA officials who blew the whistle on what they said were abuses at the NSA, along with that agency’s former inspector general, to talk about whether that secretive agency is recording all domestic calls in the U.S. Continue reading
Poet Charles Wright has authored more than 20 books of verse and won numerous awards. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author reads some of his work and shares his sources of inspiration. Continue reading