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.
Mixed messages from Britain on its military commitment to Afghanistan. The U.S. announces a new aid package to Pakistan. And Syria bans face veils at its universities. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top international news stories.
- Moises Naim chief international columnist, El Pais.
- Courtney Kube national security producer for NBC News.
- Tom Gjelten correspondent, NPR, and author of "Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause."
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