Society

Michael Thompson: "Best Friends, Worst Enemies" (Ballantine)

August 29, 2001

"Back to school" means young people spending more time with their peers: in class, at lunch, after school, and at dances and other school-sponsored activities. In his new book, psychologist Michael Thompson explores the social...

Cheri Register: "Packinghouse Daughter"

August 28, 2001

Writer and teacher Cheri Register tells the story of the meatpackers' strike that divided her Minnesota hometown in the 1950's. In her memoir, she combines her own memories of the strike with historical research.

Nicholas Evans: "The Smoke Jumper" (Delacorte)

August 23, 2001

Nicholas Evans, the author of the best-selling "The Horse Whisperer," presents his latest novel. He'll talk about why he, an Englishman, is so drawn to settings in the American West, and about what he learned about the dangerous...

Mary McKay Maynard: "My Faraway Home" (Lyons)

August 20, 2001

When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. was drawn into war in the Pacific, Mary McKay Maynard was only eight years old and living with her family in the Philippines. In her memoir she gives a child's-eye account of the excitement and...

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.

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