Society

James Houston: "Snow Mountain Passage" (Knopf)

May 11, 2001

The story of the Donner Party - the group of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism in the winter of 1846-1847 - is one of American history's most chilling episodes. Novelist James Houston tells how the Donner Party's experience inspired his...

Steve Fainaru: "The Duke of Havana" (Villard)

May 9, 2001

Orlando Hernandez, better known to his fans as "El Duque," became one of the top players for the New York Yankees in 1998. Before that, he was a baseball star in his native Cuba. In his new book investigative sportswriter Steve...

Barry Werth: "The Scarlet Professor" (Doubleday)

May 3, 2001

Newton Arvin was a well-known literary critic and professor at Smith College in the late 1940s and 1950s, but in the "Pink Scare" days of the 1960s his career was shattered once his homosexuality was revealed. In his new biography...

Meg Greenfield's Washington

May 2, 2001

When longtime Washington Post editorial page editor and Newsweek columnist Meg Greenfield died in 1999, friends and colleagues learned that she'd left behind an almost-completed book detailing her observations of the nation's capital...

Madelyn Cain: "The Childless Revolution" (Perseus)

April 26, 2001

Whether by choice or by circumstance, a growing number of American women do not, and will not have children. Author Madelyn Cain explores the reasons behind this, and how our society is reacting.

Postmaster General William Henderson

April 26, 2001

William Henderson, Postmaster General, joins Diane to talk about challenges and changes facing the U.S. Postal Service.

Noise Awareness

April 24, 2001

April 25th is International Noise Awareness Day. Two leading researchers of noise pollution talk about their efforts to educate the public about noise and its negative effects, which can include psychological stress and hearing loss.

Wendy Kopp: "One Day, All Children..." (Public Affairs)

April 23, 2001

For more than a decade, the organization Teach for America has been recruiting bright young college graduates to teach in needy urban and rural schools around the country. Teach for America's founder, Wendy Kopp, tells how she came up with...

Doris "Granny D" Haddock: Granny D: "Walking Across America in my 90th Year" (Villard)

April 20, 2001

In February 2000, 90-year-old Doris Haddock arrived in Washington, DC - the end of her cross-country journey on foot. She dedicated her journey to raising awareness of the need for campaign finance reform. She joins Diane to present her...

Malika Oufkir: "Stolen Lives" (Talk Miramax)

April 18, 2001

Malika Oufkir tells her dramatic and true life story in her memoir. She spent her childhood in Morocco's royal household, as companion to the King's daughter, but when her father was implicated in an attempt on the King's life, she and the...

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