Religion

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.

Pope John Paul II

April 4, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about life and legacy of Pope John Paul II, who died Saturday at the age of 84.

Asra Nomani: "Standing Alone in Mecca" (Harper San Francisco)

March 29, 2005

A Muslim woman born in India and raised in West Virginia recounts the hajj she took with her infant son, father and mother and niece and nephew. She examines the role of women in Islam and details her fight against sexism and intolerance...

Marilynne Robinson: "Gilead" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

March 11, 2005

Twenty-four years have passed since her first critically acclaimed novel. Marilynne Robinson presents her long-awaited second novel about an aging minister reflecting on his abolitionist ancestors, spirituality, and the mysteries of life.

Rembrandt's Late Religious Paintings

March 1, 2005

Seventeen enigmatic religious portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, produced in the last years of his life, have been assembled for the first time in an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Diane and her guests discuss the...

Terry Iacuzzo: "Small Mediums at Large" (Putnam)

February 23, 2005

Terry Iacuzzo is reported to be one of the most sought after psychics in New York City. She talks about growing up in Buffalo in a family of psychics and the long, strange trip she took in making her way to the Big Apple.

Christopher de Bellaigue: "In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs" (HarperCollins)

February 18, 2005

Iran is one of the least well-understood countries in the world. An English journalist who's lived there for the past three years (and is married to an Iranian) offers an inside look at the people and the recent history of a country...

Mary Doria Russell: "A Thread of Grace" (Random House)

February 15, 2005

In northwest Italy, peasants, priests, and native Italian Jews conspired to save the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. Mary Doria Russell presents a meticulously researched novel based on the true story of the...

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