Religion

Deborah Larsen: "The Tulip and the Pope" (Knopf)

October 24, 2005

In 1960, author Deborah Larsen followed her calling to be a nun and entered the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a new memoir she describes her life there, and how the prayer, discipline, and study--and...

Bruce Feiler: "Where God Was Born" (William Morrow)

October 6, 2005

Diane takes a trip with bestselling author Bruce Feiler through Israel, Iraq and Iran to explore the common roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

James Reston, Jr.: "Dogs of God" (Doubleday)

September 23, 2005

Historian James Reston names his latest book for the nickname given to the Dominicans, the Catholic order established to eliminate heresy. Reston talks about the events leading up to the Spanish Inquisition and how it transformed the world...

Salman Rushdie: "Shalimar The Clown" (Random House)

September 13, 2005

The author presents his latest novel. It deals with the roots of terrorism as seen in the aftermath of the Kashmir conflict, when the fates of a World War II resistance hero and a Kashmiri dancing girl converge.

Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

August 1, 2005

Republican Senate leader Bill Frist broke with President Bush Friday on the stem cell debate, saying he would support expanded federal funding for stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the latest developments in the ethical...

Mary Jordan & Kevin Sullivan: "The Prison Angel" (The Penguin Press)

July 21, 2005

Diane talks with a husband-and-wife foreign correspondent team about one of the most memorable people they met during their recent assignment in Mexico - an American-born woman known as "Mother Antonia," who ministers to prisoners...

Frank Ostaseski: Compassionate End-of-Life Care

June 3, 2005

A founder of the nation's first Buddhist hospice talks about the practice of mindful, compassionate care of the dying. Frank Ostaseski highlights the lessons learned near death that might encourage living fully.

Robert Pape: "Dying to Win" (Random House)

June 2, 2005

One of the world's leading authorities on suicide terrorism describes his research into the threat we face and how to defeat it.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

May 26, 2005

The House of Representatives defied President Bush's threatened veto and passed legislation that would loosen restrictions on federally funded stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the implications for U.S. researchers and...

Election of a Pope

April 18, 2005

As the cardinals gather in Rome to begin the conclave process of electing a successor to the late Pope John Paul II, we'll hear what Vatican-watchers are saying about the future of the Roman Catholic church.

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