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Meryle Secrest: Somewhere For Me (Knopf)

December 10, 2001

Meryle Secrest discusses her new biography of one of the great figures in American musical theater, Richard Rodgers of the celebrated "Rodgers & Hart" and "Rodgers & Hammerstein" songwriting teams.

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

December 6, 2001

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...

Nathalie Babel: "The Complete Works of Isaac Babel" (Norton)

December 5, 2001

The Russian Jewish short story writer Isaac Babel is often listed among the 20th century's most influential authors, but until now, much of his work was out of print or poorly translated. The author's daughter Nathalie talks about the...

Clea Simon: "Fatherless Women" (Wiley)

December 3, 2001

Journalist Clea Simon's father died when she was 31. Her emotional reactions led her to explore the subjects of father-daughter relationships and how women change when they lose their fathers. She joins Diane to discuss her new book.

Ved Mehta: "All for Love" (Nation Books)

November 29, 2001

Acclaimed author and former New Yorker staff writer Ved Mehta has been blind since early childhood. In his latest book, he describes his relationships with four women, each of whom gave him insight into his disability and himself.

Edmund Morris: "Theodore Rex" (Random House)

November 28, 2001

Presidential historian Edmund Morris introduces the long-awaited second volume of his biography of Theodore Roosevelt, which covers Roosevelt's years as president. The first volume, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won a Pulitzer prize in...

Mary Ann Glendon: "A World Made New" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

November 22, 2001

Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon tells the story of how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written in the aftermath of World War II, an effort headed by the recently-widowed Eleanor Roosevelt.

Cees Nooteboom: "All Souls' Day" (Harcourt)

November 19, 2001

Dutch novelist Cees Nooteboom presents his recently translated 1998 novel about a documentary filmmaker in mourning for the wife and child he has lost in an airplane crash.

Afghanistan Hunger Crisis

November 14, 2001

A panel describes the conditions that threaten millions of Afghanistan civilians with starvation, and how aid groups and the governments of the U.S. and its allies are coping with conflicting political, military, and humanitarian...

Joseph Persico: "Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War Two Espionage" (Random House)

November 13, 2001

Historian Joseph Persico details the intelligence work the U.S. conducted during World War II.

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