Society

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...

Marriage Education

February 28, 2002

A panel talks about a $300 million proposal from the Administration's welfare chief that aims to increase the rates of successful marriage among low-income Americans, especially those with children.

Lewis Libby: "The Apprentice" (Thomas Dunne Books)

February 26, 2002

Lewis Libby, chief of staff to Vice President Cheney, presents his debut novel, a story set in Japan nearly 100 years ago. He joins Diane to talk about his dual roles as White House adviser and novelist.

Randall Kennedy: "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word" (Pantheon)

February 21, 2002

Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy presents a history of a racial slur that is so inflammatory it is usually referred to euphemistically as "the N word."

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