Society

Laura Davis: "I Thought We'd Never Speak Again" (Harper Collins)

April 1, 2002

Author Laura Davis talks about how people can end long-standing estrangements by making peace without necessarily forgiving. Her new book tells the story of her own difficult reconciliation with her mother and the variety of successful...

Stanton Samenow: "In the Best Interest of the Child" (Crown)

March 26, 2002

Stanton Samenow is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evaluating child custody disputes. His new book is based on his years of observing what harms children -- and what can help them -- when their parents divorce.

Henry Louis Gates

March 22, 2002

Henry Louis Gates, chairman of Harvard's Afro-American studies department, talks about recent controversies in his department, a manuscript by a female slave that he is helping bring to light, and more. He will deliver the National...

Jan Reid: "The Bullet Meant For Me" (Broadway)

March 20, 2002

Four years ago, journalist Jan Reid was in Mexico with his buddies. The fun took a nightmarish turn when they were robbed at gunpoint, and Reid was shot and left a paraplegic. In his memoir, he talks about that fateful night and his...

Readers' Review: Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety"

March 15, 2002

The March Readers' Review panel discusses Wallace Stegner's story of the decades-long friendship between two married couples who first meet in Depression-era Madison, Wisconsin.

Declining Birthrates

March 14, 2002

An expert panel talks about unexpected drops in birthrates in India, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt and other countries: what's behind these demographic changes and what they suggest about our future.

Malcolm X Papers

March 13, 2002

An auction house announced it will sell papers and other materials belonging to charismatic activist Malcolm X. But scholars say the papers must remain public because of their historic importance. A panel talks about the legal and cultural...

Beth Nielsen Chapman

March 11, 2002

Beth Nielsen Chapman talks about the experiences that have influenced her music, including her husband's illness and death, and her own recent treatment for breast cancer.

James Watson: "Genes, Girls and Gamow" (Knopf)

March 7, 2002

James Watson was only 25 when he and his colleague Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA. In a new memoir, Watson, who is is currently president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, recalls life as a celebrated young...

Childhood Obesity

February 28, 2002

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., according to former Surgeon General David Satcher and many other U.S. health experts. A panel talks about the alarming rise in the number of dangerously overweight children and what the...

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