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...

Faith and Politics

December 10, 2007

In the wake of Mitt Romney's speech on his Mormon faith, we'll look at the role faith plays in American politics and how a candidate's faith may shape him or her once in office. We'll also look at the historical role of faith in American...

Paula Deen: "Christmas with Paula Deen" (Simon & Schuster)

November 28, 2007

The Food Network star discusses how she overcame agoraphobia, a troubled marriage, and near poverty to build her successful southern cooking career, and why you should never "mess with Christmas."

Alan Krueger: "What Makes A Terrorist" (Princeton)

August 7, 2007

A leading economist explains why most terrorists come from middle-class, often college-educated backgrounds and are not poor and illiterate. A look at the economic roots of terrorism.


July 11, 2007

Pakistani forces attack a mosque to end a standoff with a militant group as President Pervez Musharraf battles diverse opposition to his rule. Political turmoil and potential winners and losers if the U.S.-backed strongman stands or falls.

Eboo Patel: "Acts of Faith" (Beacon)

July 5, 2007

An American Muslim of Indian descent describes his work in building an interfaith youth movement.

Tal Ben-Shahar: "Happier" (McGraw Hill)

June 21, 2007

Positive Psychology has surpassed Introduction to Economics as the most popular course at Harvard, attracting about one fifth of the student body. We learn what positive psychology means and how it can make you happier.

Readers Review: "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut

May 30, 2007

Listeners are invited to join Diane and her in-studio guests to remember Kurt Vonnegut by discussing his 1963 science fiction novel dealing with religion, politics, human folly and a new form of ice that freezes at room temperature.

Khaled Hosseini: "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (Riverhead Press)

May 22, 2007

The author of the international best-seller, "The Kite Runner," returns to Afghanistan for his latest novel. He presents a view of the wars, political turmoil, and extremism of the past three decades through the eyes of two victimized but...

Thomas Mallon: "Fellow Travelers" (Pantheon Books)

May 17, 2007

An historical novelist examines the politics of the McCarthy era through the love story of two gay men who confront what's been called "the lavender scare," a fear of sexual subversion.

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