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Amanda Bennett: "The Cost of Hope"

Terence Bryan Foley was an American expert on agriculture and Asia who earned his Ph.D. when he was in his 60s. He played more than 15 musical instruments and spoke six languages. He was funny, eccentric and beloved by his wife, award-winning journalist and editor Amanda Bennett. In a memoir, Bennett writes of their marriage, their travels and their battle for more life together after Foley was diagnosed with cancer. She takes us on a journey through the complex and often maddening American medical system. And she questions whether the emotional, physical and monetary price was worth it.

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Family photos of Terence and Amanda. Photos courtesy Amanda Bennett. All rights reserved.

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Excerpt from "The Cost of Hope: A Memoir" by Amanda Bennett. Copyright 2012 by Amanda Bennett. Reprinted here by permission of Random House. All rights reserved.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


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