A special March Readers' Review: Diane and her guests discuss why fiction matters. A recent study indicates that fewer than half of all Americans are reading novels today. It suggests that those who do read fiction are better able to understand the emotions of others. A conversation about the social and personal benefits of reading fiction.
The Bush daughters have drawn attention once again to the issue of underage drinking. A panel talks about the phenomenon of drinking before the age of 21, the laws against it, the penalties associated with breaking those laws, and the ongoing debate over the root of the problem itself.
- Lynn Ponton professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
- Sandra Brown University of California, San Diego
- Nancy Rea coordinator for "Drawing the Line on Under-21 Alcohol Use"
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