Society

John Banville: "Eclipse" (Knopf)

March 21, 2001

Diane talks with Irish novelist John Banville, about his latest book. It's about a famous actor confronting the ghosts and memories of his past as he struggles through a midlife crisis.

Stephen O'Connor: "Orphan Trains" (Houghton Mifflin)

March 20, 2001

From 1854 to 1929, some 250,000 homeless children were transported out of American cities and placed with families in the rural West. This emigration plan was the idea of a minister named Charles Loring Brace. Stephen O'Connor tells the...

David Cordingly: "Women Sailors and Sailors' Women" (Random House)

March 19, 2001

An old superstition says that a woman aboard a ship brings bad luck, but in his new book, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows how that taboo has often been broken. He tells of women who sailed the seas in the 18th and 19th centuries --...

Bullying

March 19, 2001

A panel talks about bullying: why it happens, who the typical aggressors and victims are, and its long-term effects on both.

Derek Bok: "The Trouble with Government" (Harvard)

March 15, 2001

In a time of dwindling confidence in our government, former Harvard president Derek Bok looks beyond the conventional wisdom and presents his opinion of what the real problems are, and what the solutions could be.

Census Results

March 14, 2001

The data from the 2000 census show a significant jump in the number of Hispanic people living in the U.S. A panel talks about this and other changes in the nation's demographics, and what these changes mean for the economy, in politics...

Mary Ann Glendon: "A World Made New" (Random House)

March 13, 2001

Harvard Law School professor Mary Ann Glendon tells the story of how the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written in the aftermath of World War II, an effort headed by the recently-widowed Eleanor Roosevelt.

Ann Crittenden: "The Price of Motherhood" (Metropolitan)

March 12, 2001

Financial journalist Ann Crittenden examines the effect of parenting on the pocketbook in her new book. She says that professional women with children typically pay a "mommy tax" of more than $1 million over the course of their...

Martha Tod Dudman: "Augusta, Gone" (Simon & Schuster)

March 9, 2001

When Martha Tod Dudman's daughter Augusta was 11 years old, she became angry and withdrawn, and in the years that followed she began lying, stealing, and experimenting with drugs. Augusta, Gone is the title of Dudman's account of living...

Marilyn Yalom: "A History of the Wife" (HarperCollins)

March 8, 2001

In her new book, cultural historian Marilyn Yalom tracks the institution of marriage and how it has affected women's lives. She joins Diane to talk about what marriages used to mean practically and emotionally, and how marriage has both...

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