Alice Walker: "Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth" (Random House)

March 17, 2003

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker joins Diane to read from her new poetry collection and talk about her lifelong involvement in activist movements, including her recent participation in anti-war rallies.

Abdo & Lyons: "Answering Only To God" (Henry Holt)

March 14, 2003

Diane's live broadcast from National Geographic continues. Husband and wife Geneive Abdo and Jonathan Lyons join Diane to talk about what they saw when they became the first U.S. journalists allowed to work in Iran after the 1979...

Alison Owings: "Hey, Waitress" (University of California Press)

March 12, 2003

Author Alison Owings talks with Diane about her coast-to-coast travels to find out what waitresses - at five-star hotels, local diners, and every place in between - think about the job, their co-workers, and customers who don't tip too...

Barbara Ley Toffler: "Final Accounting" (Broadway)

March 11, 2003

Barbara Ley Toffler, a former Arthur Andersen employee, reveals how a corporate culture of greed and arrogance led to the collapse of the legendary accounting firm.

Janna Malamud Smith: "A Potent Spell" (Houghton Mifflin)

March 6, 2003

According to psychologist Janna Malamud Smith, mothers are motivated above all by an instinct to protect their children - even before they get the many messages of "mother-blame" prevalent in our society. She joins Diane to present...

Shanthi Kalathil: "Open Networks, Closed Regimes" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

March 5, 2003

While many hope that the Internet will be a crucial tool in opening up closed societies, it is becoming clear that it is not the cure-all some have imagined. The authors examine the impact the Internet has had on authoritarian regimes...

Erik Larson: "The Devil in the White City" (Crown)

March 3, 2003

The 1893 World's Fair in Chicago introduced the world to Shredded Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and the Ferris Wheel. At the same time, the Windy City was also home to the nation's first urban serial killer. Erik Larson's new book tells...

Wally Lamb: "Couldn't Keep It to Myself" (Regan Books)

February 27, 2003

For the past several years, best-selling novelist Wally Lamb has taught writing to a group of women who are prisoners at the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Lamb talks with Diane about a new collection of some of these...

Frank Schaeffer: "Keeping Faith" (Carroll & Graf)

February 26, 2003

A few years ago, Frank Schaeffer's son John enlisted in the Marines rather than applying to college along with his prep school classmates. Schaeffer wrote a memoir with John exploring how that decision transformed their family. He talks...

Nuala O'Faolain: "Almost There" (Riverhead)

February 25, 2003

Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain's anonymous existence ended when her memoir "Are You Somebody?" became an international best-seller. In a new memoir, she explores how that book, a series of relationships, and other events changed...

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