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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...

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...

Profiling

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...

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