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...

Vernon Jordan: "Vernon Can Read!" (Public Affairs) (Rebroadcast)

January 21, 2002

Washington powerbroker and Bill Clinton confidant Vernon Jordan talks about the early years of his life and his work as a civil rights leader, as recounted in his new memoir.

Kirk Douglas: "My Stroke of Luck" (William Morrow)

January 17, 2002

Veteran movie actor Kirk Douglas talks about one of the hardest challenges he has faced in his life: recovering from a 1995 stroke. In his new memoir, he chronicles the ups and downs of his Hollywood career, his family life, and most...


January 17, 2002

Heightened security across the country is prompting accusations of ethnic profiling, especially at the airports. A panel talks about whether these approaches discriminate against some Americans, and whether or not they're keeping the US...

LynNell Hancock: "Hands to Work" (William Morrow)

January 15, 2002

In 1996, then-President Bill Clinton approved the end of "welfare as we know it" by signing the Personal Responsibility Act. Journalist LynNell Hancock describes how the changes in the system have affected three women who live in...

Emerging Adulthood

January 10, 2002

Demographic studies show that today, young people are getting married later, having kids later, and taking on other "adult" roles later than in past generations. Diane and her guests talk about the growing study of "emerging...

Patrick Buchanan: "The Death of the West" (St. Martin's)

January 9, 2002

Conservative commentator and former Presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan talks about the effects of immigration on the U.S. and Europe, and why he believes Western culture is endangered by world shifts in population.

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