Society

Philippe Petit: "To Reach The Clouds"

September 6, 2002

In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit did something very daring and very illegal -- he rigged a tightrope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and walked between them. In his new book, he tells how he planned and carried...

Deborah Larsen: "The White" (Knopf)

September 5, 2002

In 1758, a Shawnee raiding party attacked a white family in Pennsylvania. Only one member of the family survived -- 16-year-old Mary Jemison. She was adopted into the Seneca tribe, and lived the rest of her life among American Indians...

Richard Zacks (Rebroadcast)

August 30, 2002

As the story goes, Captain Kidd was a notorious pirate. But according to Richard Zacks' research, Captain Kidd was actually working to capture pirates. His new book The Pirate Hunter (Theia) explains how the story got so twisted over the...

Alexandra Fuller (Rebroadcast)

August 30, 2002

Alexandra Fuller was born in England but spent her childhood in Africa, daughter of struggling expatriate farmers who soon found themselves on the wrong side of history as colonial rule fell around them. She talks about her turbulent...

Nick Bantock (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2002

Writer-illustrator Nick Bantock picks up the story of the mysterious relationship of Griffin and Sabine that he began in his best-selling trilogy. His newest, The Gryphon (Chronicle Books) continues the device of storytelling through...

Rachel Simmons (Rebroadcast)

August 29, 2002

Schoolboys fight with their fists and other obvious ways, but girls tend to bully each other with more subtle tactics that are often overlooked by teachers and parents. Researcher Rachel Simmons talks about hidden aggression among preteen...

Edna O'Brien: "In The Forest" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

August 27, 2002

Novelist Edna O'Brien spins a chilling tale in her latest book, "In the Forest" (Houghton Mifflin), which is based on the true story of a shocking triple homicide in her native Ireland in 1994.

Calvin Trillin: "Tepper Isn't Going Out" (Rebroadcast)

August 26, 2002

Writer Calvin Trillin presents "Tepper Isn't Going Out" (Random House), his novel about an ordinary New York City man who discovers just how political on-street parking in Manhattan can be.

Readers' Review: Nick Hornby's "How to Be Good"

August 16, 2002

Diane and her guests talk about what it means to be "good." It's a question British author Nick Hornby's main character wrestles with when her cranky husband undergoes a mysterious transformation and becomes a devoted do-gooder in...

Linda Greenlaw: "The Lobster Chronicles" (Hyperion)

August 15, 2002

Linda Greenlaw is perhaps best known as the captain of a Gloucester, Mass. swordfishing ship who survived the notorious October 1991 "perfect storm" on the North Atlantic Ocean. She joins Diane to relate her latest adventure:...

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