Society

Amy Tan: "The Bonesetter's Daughter" (Putnam) (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2001

Diane talks with novelist Amy Tan, who's best known for her explorations of mother-daughter relationships, especially within Chinese-American culture. Her latest novel is dedicated to her own mother, who passed away two years ago.

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

December 27, 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...

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

December 26, 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.

Phyllis Greene: "It Must Have Been Moonglow" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2001

In her new book, Phyllis Greene writes of adjusting to widowhood. She lost her husband of 56 years almost three years ago.

Bryan Sykes

December 25, 2001

As the generations of your family gather for the holidays, are you wondering just how far back you can trace your family tree? Oxford professor Bryan Sykes talks about his genetic research, through which he can trace all people of European...

Marie Arana (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2001

Washington Post Book World editor Marie Arana tells of growing up between two continents and two cultures. Her memoir American Chica (Dial) is about her childhood as daughter of a Peruvian father and American mother.

Howard Gardner: "Good Work" (Basic Books)

December 19, 2001

Psychologist Howard Gardner talks about what it means to do "good work" -- work that is both professionally fulfilling and socially responsible. His new book is based on in-depth interviews with people working in the fields of...

Weber and Vedder: "In the Kingdom of Gorillas" (Simon & Schuster)

December 17, 2001

Bill Weber and Amy Vedder are husband and wife, and founders of the Wildlife Conservation Society's Mountain Gorilla Project. In their new book, they write of their experiences studying these animals, and about the political unrest in...

Margaret Mead Special, Part II

December 13, 2001

A panel discussion about Margaret Mead's legacy and her influence on current thinking about human culture and society.

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.

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