Society

Lee Smith: "The Last Girls" (Algonquin)

September 20, 2002

Award-winning Southern writer Lee Smith imagines a steamboat cruise as the setting for the reunion of women who, 35 years earlier, took a Huckleberry Finn-inspired trip down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft.

Jamie Lee Curtis: "I'm Gonna Like Me"

September 19, 2002

Acclaimed actress Jamie Lee Curtis talks with Diane about her new children's book, subtitled Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem.

Mattie and Jeni Stepanek: "Celebrate Through Heartsongs" (Hyperion)

September 17, 2002

Twelve-year old Mattie Stepanek is confined to a wheelchair by a rare form of muscular dystrophy, but he's become a best-selling poet. He and his mother, Jeni Stepanek, talk about the challenges their family has faced, and about how Mattie...

Hugh Price: "Achievement Matters" (Dafina Books)

September 12, 2002

Hugh Price, president of the National Urban League, talks about the challenges facing African-American schoolchildren. In his new book, he offers parents and educators advice on helping children close the "achievement gap."

Sept. 11 Anniversary Commemoration

September 11, 2002

Diane talks with listeners and selected guests by phone in a two-hour examination of how our lives have been affected -- or not -- by last fall's terrorist attacks.

Sept. 11 Anniversary Commemoration

September 11, 2002

Diane talks with listeners and selected guests by phone in a two-hour examination of how our lives have been affected -- or not -- by last fall's terrorist attacks.

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...

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