As the first black president of the “Harvard Law Review,” Barack Obama received an advance from a publisher in 1995 to write a book. He decided to tell the story of his family in the hopes it might help people understand the fissures of race, class, and identity in America. Diane invites listeners to join a Readers’ Review of our 44th President’s first memoir.


  • Kate Lehrer author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
  • Mark Whitaker senior vice president & Washington bureau chief, NBC News
  • Lisa Page freelance writer who teaches creative writing at George Washington University.

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