Esmeralda Santiago: "The Turkish Lover"

September 28, 2004

One of todays preeminent Latina authors talks about the period in her life when she left her family in Brooklyn at age 21 to live with an older, more worldly man. Through their troubled relationship, she explores racism, sexism, feminism...

Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary

May 17, 2004

On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Diane and her guests talk about the ruling's legacy and what more might be done to realize the dream of racial equality in public education and American society.

"No Child Left Behind" Update

March 17, 2004

The Department of Education announced a relaxation of some provisions of the "No Child Left Behind" Act on Monday. A panel talks about the 2002 law, designed to improve the quality of K-12 education, and how America's public...

Patricia Stacey: "The Boy Who Loved Windows" (Da Capo)

November 5, 2003

A mother recounts her struggle to stave off her son's autism with a controversial new approach. The treatment is called "floor time," and involves intense interaction between parent and child.

School Vouchers

September 29, 2003

A panel talks about public school vouchers, a subject of contentious debate which has been revived by the consideration of a federally funded voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot: "The Essential Conversation" (Random House)

September 10, 2003

Children learn best when both their parents and teachers support them together. But, according to Harvard professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, the parent-teacher conference is too often an awkward, mutually uncomfortable encounter. She talks...

State Budget Shortfalls and Education

September 4, 2003

The National Education Association says the nation's school districts face the worst budget shortfalls since World War II. A panel talks about why that is, and how all levels of education are being affected by budget crunches across the...

Esme Raji Codell: "How to Get Your Child to Love Reading" (Algonquin)

August 13, 2003

Children's literature expert and former teacher Esme Raji Codell talks about what parents can do to encourage kids of all ages to pick up a book and read.

David Lipsky: "Absolutely American" (Houghton Mifflin)

July 10, 2003

Journalist David Lipsky shares what he learned about West Point Military Academy, its history, and what motivates today's cadets after he was granted complete access to the institution, its students and its staff from 1998 to 2002.

John Allen Paulos: "A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market" (Basic Books)

June 10, 2003

In his new book, Temple University math professor John Allen Paulos investigates whether the tools of his profession are any help in predicting stock performances.

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