In this hour, Stephen Marche is the author of How Shakespeare Changed Everything. He tells Anne Strainchamps why he thinks Shakespeare is the most important figure in history.
Next, Novelist Arthur Phillips is the author of The Tragedy of Arthur. The book tells the story of a fictional character, also named Arthur Phillips, whose family finds a lost Shakespeare play.
Then, David Orr says modern poetry shouldn't intimidate us. He's the author of Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry.
Finally, Oscar Hijuelos is the first Latino to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature for his book The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. His memoir is called Thoughts Without Cigarettes. [Broadcast Date: July 6, 2011]
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