Lauren Kessler: "Clever Girl" (Harper Collins)

August 14, 2003

Author Lauren Kessler writes about the life and controversial legacy of Elizabeth Bentley, an upper class American who directed operations of the two largest Soviet spy rings in the U.S., then in 1945 became the FBI's top informant and the...

Katharine Greider: "The Big Fix" (Public Affairs)

July 21, 2003

Television commercials touting prescription drugs are now as prevalent as car ads. In her new book, reporter Katharine Greider explains how the pharmaceutical industry works and why drugs cost so much.

Robin Cook: "Seizure" (Putnam)

July 17, 2003

Physician Robin Cook author of "Coma", "Outbreak", and "Shock", talks about his new book, a cautionary tale about therapeutic cloning.

Olympia Dukakis: "Ask Me Again Tomorrow" (Harper Collins)

July 8, 2003

Olympia Dukakis became a household name for her Oscar-winning turn in the movie "Moonstruck." The first-generation Greek-American actress and first cousin of presidential candidate Michael Dukakis talks about her career spanmning...

Martha Ackmann: "The Mercury 13" (Random House)

July 7, 2003

Martha Ackmann talks about the women who tested with NASA in the early 1960s to enter the space program, and the real reasons they never made it into space.

Sir Martin Rees: "Our Final Hour" (Basic Books)

May 27, 2003

British astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees talks with Diane about his latest book, which details his belief that the greatest threat we face today might be our own scientific and technological progress. It's subtitled "A Scientist's...

Willard Gaylin: "Hatred" (Public Affairs)

May 1, 2003

In his new book, subtitled "The Psychological Descent into Violence", psychiatrist Dr. Willard Gaylin examines hatred - which he believes is a psychological disorder - and its seductive power to tear our world apart.

Roots of Islamic Radicalism

March 26, 2003

A panel talks about Islam, the Koran, and a man named Sayyid Qutb, an Egyptian Muslim philosopher whose work has been studied as an important influence on Islamic terrorists today.

Chandler Burr: "The Emperor of Scent" (Random House)

February 13, 2003

The creation of a single commercially successful fragrance represents tens of millions of dollars in research by an army of chemists, but how we smell things is still a scientific mystery. In a new book, journalist Chandler Burr introduces...

Gus Lee: "Chasing Hepburn" (Harmony)

January 23, 2003

A Chinese-American author takes us straight into the heart of 20th century Chinese society. Gus Lee writes about the forces that repeatedly tore apart and reconfigured the lives of his parents and their contemporaries in his memoir...

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