U.S. Conference of Mayors

January 24, 2008

Three mayors discuss this week's meeting in Washington and how they and other mayors are taking on national challenges at the local level - from the mortgage crisis to climate change to immigration.

Seth Shulman: "The Telephone Gambit" (Norton)

January 17, 2008

Alexander Graham Bell is best remembered as the father of the telephone. But a science journalist found evidence that the credit actually belongs to a lesser known inventor. He presents the surprising story behind one of history’s most...

Michael Wallis: "Billy the Kid" (Norton) (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2007

The fact and fiction behind Billy the Kid - one of the nation's most notorious outlaws.

Carolyn Jessop: "Escape" (Broadway)

December 17, 2007

Carolyn Jessop was once a member of a radical polygamist religious sect. She talks about her life as the fourth wife of a man decades older than her, living under the same roof as his other wives and children, and what spurred her to...

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

December 12, 2007

New Supreme Court rulings boost judge discretion in considering federal sentencing guidelines, while the U.S. Sentencing Commission has moved to reduce dramatic guideline disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. But only...

Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide

December 10, 2007

Conservatives and liberals came together to find common ground on the most pressing foreign policy issues under a project developed by the Stanley Foundation. We talk with the project's editors and the authors of the chapter on detainee...


December 5, 2007

Tasers are an increasingly popular non-lethal weapon for police departments. But several recent incidents, including the death of a Polish immigrant in the Vancouver airport, have heightened debate over use of the Taser stun gun.

Julie Fenster: "The Case of Abraham Lincoln" (Palgrave Macmillan)

December 4, 2007

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a crossroads. He was a man without a political party. And he was growing bored with his work as an attorney. The formation of an new party - the Republican Party - offered him a political home. A...

Daniel Stashower: "Arthur Conan Doyle" (Penguin)

November 19, 2007

Sherlock Holmes, the fictional genius of deductive reasoning, is a famous figure, but far less is known about his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A previously unpublished collection of his letters offers new insights into the real life...

Peter Heller: "The Whale Warriors" (Free Press)

November 13, 2007

The award-winning adventure writer describes his voyage to the Antarctic with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop an illegal Japanese whaling fleet.

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