An avid believer in the "republic of the imagination," her best known book, Reading Lolita in Tehran, spent 117 weeks on The New York Times Bestseller List, and has been translated into 32 languages. It paints a vivid portrait of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and its effect on Nafisi as a secular woman and university professor, and its effect on her students.
Guest pianist Lars Vogt talks about Mozart's least-played piano concerto, No. 16, which he performs with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Manfred Honeck. Vogt, who resides in Berlin, talks about his work with Honeck and another of his favorite conductors, the Berlin Philharmonic's Simon Rattle.
Baritone Thomas Hampson joins the Pittsburgh Symphony conducted by Manfred Honeck in Brahms' beloved A German Requiem paired with Dvorak's seldom-heard Biblical songs. Hampson describes the similarity of approach by both composers and the interesting companions these two works make.
Eric Burns' first play receives its world premiere Feb 3-19 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Burns is a veteran TV journalist who began his career at WQED in 1971. He looks back on his work as a journalist at NBC and Fox, and what might have been at PBS. A high school majorette serves as the inspiration for the play, "Mid-Strut," which won Burns the 2010 Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights' Award.
Robert Morris University's Dr. Connie Ruzich recaps remarks by food activist Michael Pollan, who has distilled the essence of his earlier books into the handy guidebook "Food Rules." His amusing rules and observations cut through the varying claims of nutrition scientists and food marketers to provide a common-sense guide to eating.
One of Newsweek's Top 10 "New Thought Leaders" in 2009, sustainable food activist Michael Pollan has been exploring the places where the human and natural worlds intersect for the past 20 years. He talks with Jim Cunningham about some of his prize-winning bestsellers, which include The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, and his attitudes toward a variety of foods and other food writers. He also shares his experiece of winning the Lennon Ono Award for Peace.