Making its stage debut in Washington, D.C., "Love in Afghanistan" offers a different take on how love finds a way despite clashing cultures. Jeffrey Brown talks to playwright Charles Randolph-Wright about his new work, writing about a foreign culture and his career as playwright, director and actor. Continue reading
In his latest novel, NewsHour’s own Robert MacNeil revisits a character he created 20 years ago: a young widow and painter living in post-WWI Canada. Jeffrey Brown sits down with MacNeil to discuss his use of art to frame "Portrait of Julia" and how the novel approaches concepts of love and trust in human relationships. 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.
In Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," a poor young boy from an impoverished village makes his way to a city to find his fortune. Jeffrey Brown talks with Hamid about why the story is told like a self-help book and why he writes to better understand the current culture and conditions in Pakistan. Continue reading
Seventy years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson took to snail mail to court Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor. The letters have now been released by the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. For more on the love letters, Judy Woodruff talks with historian Michael Beschloss, and Catherine Robb, granddaughter of LBJ and Lady Bird. Continue reading
Author Roger Rosenblatt considers grief, solace, solitude and love in the wake of his daughter’s death in his new book “Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief and Small Boats.” Jeffrey Brown and Rosenblatt discuss a morning out on the water and a journey through grief. Continue reading
Author Gary Shteyngart takes a satirical approach to the economic meltdown in America, combined with a love story in a world of tech-crazy savages in his new novel “Super Sad True Love Story.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author. Continue reading
Front-woman of the Junior League Band, Lissy Rosemont is set to release her third full-length album, “Jelly Roll,” this week with a concert at Washington, D.C.’s Rock N Roll Hotel. Lissy is singer, guitarist, pianist, banjo player…and the author’s fiancee.
Guest Essayist Nancy Gibbs of Time magazine reflects on the true meaning of Valentine’s Day, and determines that it isn’t about greeting cards, chocolates, diamonds or flowers. Continue reading