Today we’ll meet one of the most interesting, powerful, maligned women in history – Catherine the Great, with introductions made by her latest biographer, Robert K. Massie.
Next, Maggie Linton looks back at a gilded age with author Amor Towles and his book Rules of Civility.
And finally, a story about another girl with a dream – this one starts in Illinois and ends up on the TV show Glee. Jane Lynch tells her own story in her memoir, Happy Accidents.
But first, Maggie has the top ten downloads gathered up from the month of January from audible.com. [Original Broadcast Date: January 31, 2012]