Society

Future of Network News

May 21, 2002

"The Big Three" networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC, all have half-hour daily evening news programs, but demographic shifts, new media sources, and other factors are causing many to question whether that will be true much longer. Diane...

Barbara Kingsolver: "Small Wonder" (HarperCollins)

May 14, 2002

Novelist Barbara Kingsolver shares her views on politics, nature and the world around us, as reflected upon in her latest book, a collection of essays mostly written after September 11th.

Peter Gomes: "The Good Life" (Harper San Francisco)

May 13, 2002

In his new book, Harvard University professor and chaplain Rev. Peter Gomes talks about today's generation of young adults and his hopes for their future.

Lisa Belkin: "Life's Work" (Simon & Schuster)

May 10, 2002

Writer Lisa Belkin examines the balance of career and family in her "Life's Work" column for the New York Times. She joins Diane for a Mothers' Day discussion of the issues facing today's working parents and how she's faced them in...

UNICEF's Carol Bellamy

May 1, 2002

United Nations Children's Fund executive director Carol Bellamy joins Diane to talk about the plight of children affected by war, poverty, disease, malnutrition and other problems, and what the organization is doing to help.

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

April 30, 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.

ACLU's Nadine Strossen

April 30, 2002

President of the American Civil Liberties Union Nadine Strossen joins Diane to talk about American citizens' rights and how they're being affected by the war on terrorism, major court decisions, the political climate, and other factors.

Rachel Simmons: "Odd Girl Out" (Harcourt)

April 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...

Henry Petroski: "Paperboy" (Knopf)

April 24, 2002

Civil engineer Henry Petroski has chronicled the evolution of pencils, paperclips, and other "useful things" in previous books. In his new memoir, Paperboy, he writes about the childhood influences, such as his bike and his paper...

Readers' Review: Russell Banks' "The Sweet Hereafter"

April 19, 2002

The April Readers' Review panel discusses Russell Banks' novel about a small town coping with the aftermath of an accident that kills several schoolchildren.

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