WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

Jason Matthews: "Red Sparrow"

Jason Matthews, a first-time author out with a debut spy novel, knows what he’s writing about. Matthews is a retired CIA officer with 33 years of experience collecting national security intelligence overseas. Like Ian Fleming, the former British spy who wrote the James Bond novels, Matthews packs insider details of spy techniques into his fiction. The novel pits a beautiful Russian agent against an ambitious rookie CIA officer who handles the agency’s most important Russian mole. Matthews talks about his novel, "Red Sparrow," and the secret world of espionage.

Read An Excerpt From The Book

Excerpt from "Red Sparrow" by Jason Matthews. Copyright 2013 by Jason Matthews. Reprinted here by permission of Scribner. All rights reserved.

WAMU 88.5

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

NPR

The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
WAMU 88.5

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

NPR

Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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