Society

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...

Matthew Brzezinski: "Casino Moscow" (Free Press)

July 30, 2001

Reporter Matthew Brzezinski tells tales from his 1996-1998 stint as a correspondent based in Moscow. His book depicts a Russia whose economic transformation is fast, frenzied and full of gangsters.

Saul Diskin: "The End of the Twins" (Overlook)

July 23, 2001

Arizona businessman Saul Diskin had an identical twin brother who lost his life to leukemia. In his memoir, Diskin relates the ups and downs of his relationship with his brother - and the strange feelings that came with losing an identical...

The Salvation Army

July 19, 2001

A panel talks about the Salvation Army's origins and mission, and the criticism stemming from its partnership with the federal government.

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