Society

Mark Ross: "Dangerous Beauty" (Talk Miramax)

August 15, 2001

Mark Ross, an experienced safari guide, tells the story of an expedition he led in Uganda in March 1999, and the tragedy that befell his group when they were attacked by Rwandan rebels.

Robert Ruby: "Unknown Shore" (Henry Holt)

August 14, 2001

Journalist Robert Ruby tells the story of England's first colony in the New World - which was not in Jamestown or Roanoke or Plymouth, but in the Canadian Arctic. The island was in a region known as "Meta Incognita" - or...

Stem Cell Research Announcement

August 13, 2001

Now that President Bush has announced he'll permit limited federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells, a panel discusses the scientific and political implications of the president's position.

Steven Cohen: "The Games We Played" (Simon & Schuster)

August 10, 2001

In the dog days of August, we celebrate summer fun with Steven Cohen. For his new book, he collected essays on favorite childhood pastimes from celebrities ranging from film director Rob Reiner to former president Bill Clinton.

Zachary Karabell: "A Visionary Nation" (Harper Collins)

August 9, 2001

The U.S. was founded by visionaries, and ever since, American citizens have believed that a perfect world is within our reach. In his new book, historian Zachary Karabell discusses America's cycles of utopia pursued and denied.

Mary Lee Settle: "Roger Williams" (WW Norton)

August 7, 2001

Author Mary Lee Settle presents her newest book, a historical novel based on the life of Roger Williams, the man who founded the state of Rhode Island.

Adam Nossiter: "Algeria Hotel" (Houghton Mifflin)

August 2, 2001

Journalist Adam Nossiter grew up in Paris. In his new book, he tells of returning to France to learn more about what happened there during World War II, and to explore the ways that the secrets and painful memories of 60 years ago still...

Abstinence

August 2, 2001

Those who advocate abstinence for preventing pregancy and sexually transmitted disease are lobbying for parity in federal funding with other approaches to family planning and sexual and reproductive health. A panel talks about the politics...

Fuel Economy Standards

August 1, 2001

Proponents of new federal fuel economy standards for vehicles say it would reduce dependence on foreign oil, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and save consumers billions of dollars. The auto industry says the new standard wouldn't achieve...

Sarah Bird: "The Yokota Officers' Club" (Knopf)

July 31, 2001

Novelist Sarah Bird joins Diane to discuss her fictional take on the life of a "military brat." Set on an Air Force base in Okinawa in the late 1960s, it's the story of a young woman who's just beginning to understand the effect...

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