"The Pearl That Broke Its Shell"

May 27, 2014

"The Pearl that Broke Its Shell" is the first novel by Dr. Nadia Hashimi, a pediatrician who lives and practices in Potomac, Maryland. Hashimi’s parents came to the U.S. from  Afghanistan in the 1970s, before the Soviet invasion, before the aftermath of 9/11 that has shaped the last decade.  Dr.  Hashimi  joins Sheilah Kast on the line from Washington.

Where New York Mafia and Gay Nightlife Meet

May 6, 2014

Alexander Hortis is a lawyer who lives in Baltimore, who has studied the Mafia for many years, and who’s published several articles about the long reach of La Cosa Nostra in virtually every aspect of life in New York, and elsewhere.  In his new book, "The Mob and The City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York," he argues that much of what we think we know about the mob is simply part of a mythology that has been fueled over decades by self-serving autobiographers and Hollywood. He talks about it with Tom Hall.


The Life and Music of Duke Ellington

Mar 26, 2014
Duke Ellington, 1954
Public Domain

Terry Teachout is the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal.  He’s also a jazz musician, and the author of several books.  In 2009, he published a highly regarded biography of Louis Armstrong, and last year he released a beautifully written and insightful biography of Duke Ellington.  It's called "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."  Terry Teachout joins Tom Hall on the line from New York.

The Scandalous Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay

Mar 5, 2014
Catherine Pelura

Erika Robuck, who lives in Annapolis, has made a specialty of weaving fictional plots around the real lives of literary giants of the early 20th century.  Her latest is a book called Fallen Beauty, a novel that traces the life of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, the third woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Author Sheri Booker
Alvin Gray

Before her mid-20s, Sheri Booker already had worked for nine years in the Albert P. Wyle Funeral Home.  She started at 15 with a summer job answering phones and, as she says, Baby-sitting bodies. Over the years the job turned into a lot more, and Sheri Booker has written about it all in her memoir, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home.