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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."

Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher: "Love by the Glass" (Villard)

February 14, 2002

John Brecher and Dorothy Gaiter celebrate Valentine's Day with a toast to their personal and professional partnerships as husband and wife, and as co-authors of a new memoir and the Wall Street Journal's weekly wine column.

National ID Cards

February 14, 2002

A panel talks about competing ideas for a national ID card: how such an identification document could work, the new technology that could make it possible, and why groups of many different political stripes object to the idea.

Sandra Day O'Connor: "Lazy B" (Random House)

February 13, 2002

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's memoir, co-written with her brother, describes their youthful days and the values they learned on their family's beloved ranch in the harsh yet beautiful American Southwest.

Connie May Fowler: "When Katie Wakes" (Doubleday)

February 11, 2002

Connie May Fowler's best-selling novel Before Women Had Wings depicted the shattering effects of domestic violence. Her new memoir is her own story of surviving abuse in her childhood and in an early romantic relationship.

Jean Bethke Elshtain: "Jane Addams and the Dream of American Democracy" (Basic Books)

February 8, 2002

Jane Addams, first female recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is remembered as founder of Hull House, a Chicago institution that served needy immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. In her new book, University of Chicago professor Jean...

Nick Bantock

February 5, 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...

William Kennedy: "Roscoe" (Viking)

January 31, 2002

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy presents the latest novel in his "Albany" cycle. In post-World War II Albany, the title character, Roscoe Conway, is at the center of the city's Democratic Party machine.

Pamela Paul: "The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony" (Random House)

January 30, 2002

Journalist and demographics expert Pamela Paul talks about the phenomenon of the "starter marriage" -- the growing number of first marriages that last five years or less.

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