Society

Malcolm X Papers

March 13, 2002

An auction house announced it will sell papers and other materials belonging to charismatic activist Malcolm X. But scholars say the papers must remain public because of their historic importance. A panel talks about the legal and cultural...

Beth Nielsen Chapman

March 11, 2002

Beth Nielsen Chapman talks about the experiences that have influenced her music, including her husband's illness and death, and her own recent treatment for breast cancer.

James Watson: "Genes, Girls and Gamow" (Knopf)

March 7, 2002

James Watson was only 25 when he and his colleague Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA. In a new memoir, Watson, who is is currently president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, recalls life as a celebrated young...

Childhood Obesity

February 28, 2002

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., according to former Surgeon General David Satcher and many other U.S. health experts. A panel talks about the alarming rise in the number of dangerously overweight children and what the...

Marriage Education

February 28, 2002

A panel talks about a $300 million proposal from the Administration's welfare chief that aims to increase the rates of successful marriage among low-income Americans, especially those with children.

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.

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