Society

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.

Alfred Habegger: "My Wars Are Laid Away in Books" (Random House)

January 29, 2002

Alfred Habegger discusses his new biography of nineteenth century American poet Emily Dickinson. He explores the reclusive writer's influences, from religion to sexuality to the Civil War.

Calvin Trillin: "Tepper Isn't Going Out"

January 23, 2002

Writer Calvin Trillin presents Tepper Isn't Going Out (Random House), his novel about an ordinary New York City man who discovers just how political on-street parking in Manhattan can be.

Robert Korstad: "Remembering Jim Crow" (The New Press) (Rebroadcast)

January 21, 2002

Duke University's Behind the Veil project has collected oral histories and other documentary materials related to African-American life in the segregation-era South. Duke history professor Robert Korstad talks about the project and its new...

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