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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.

Sarah Brady: "A Good Fight" (Public Affairs)

April 18, 2002

In 1981, an assassination attempt on President Reagan changed Sarah Brady's life forever. Her husband, White House press secretary James Brady, was seriously wounded in the shooting. Mrs. Brady joins Diane to talk about the work she's done...

Sharon and Arafat

April 8, 2002

A panel talks about the personal histories of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, and how their personalities, experiences, and enmity toward each other are playing a role in the current crisis.

Riera and Di Prisco: "Right From Wrong" (Perseus)

April 5, 2002

Education experts Michael Riera and Joseph Di Prisco talk about how to foster integrity in young children.

Jacqueline Kennedy Exhibit

April 3, 2002

Fashion and history come together in a new exhibit on Jackie Kennedy's style as First Lady, now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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...

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