Society

Martha Williamson: "Inviting God to Your Wedding" (Harmony)

May 17, 2000

When Martha Williamson, executive producer of the television series "Touched by an Angel," was planning her wedding, she searched in vain for a book that, instead of being about choosing flowers and place settings, was about...

Jayne Anne Phillips: "MotherKind" (Knopf)

May 16, 2000

Novelist Jayne Anne Phillips explores themes of motherhood in her latest book. It's the story of Kate, a young woman who's simultaneously caring for her newborn son and her dying mother.

P.D. James: "Time to Be in Earnest" (Knopf)

May 5, 2000

When she turned 77, mystery novelist P.D. James recalled Dr. Johnson's advice that the age of 77 is "time to be in earnest." She took the advice and spent some time reflecting on her life. "Time to Be in Earnest" is the...

Jane Smiley: "Horse Heaven" (Knopf)

May 4, 2000

Jane Smiley is famous for her award-winning novels, but she's also a horse enthusiast -- she happens to own 16 horses! Her latest book, is set in the world of thoroughbred racing. She'll talk about the ins and outs of betting and breeding...

Famine in the Horn of Africa

May 3, 2000

Several hundred people, mostly children, have already died of starvation and famine-related disease this year in Ethiopia, Eritrea, and part of Kenya. A panel talks about why famine has struck this region again and why western industrial...

Gerald Clarke: "Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland" (Random House)

May 2, 2000

Judy Garland was world-famous for her roles in "The Wizard of Oz," "Easter Parade," "A Star is Born" and many other movie classics. But she wasn't as successful in her private life, as she struggled with many...

Jonathan Kozol: "Ordinary Resurrections" (Crown)

May 1, 2000

Author Jonathan Kozol has often written about the South Bronx in his books on children growing up in poverty. In his new book, he turns away from statistics and policy debates, and introduces us to the children he has met at the...

Douglas Wythe and Andrew, Roslyn, and Sheldon Merling: "The Wedding" (Counterpoint)

April 28, 2000

As the issue of same-sex marriage is debated by politicians and clergy around the country, one family shares their own story of a marriage between two men. Douglas Wythe, his partner Andrew Merling, and Andrew's parents discuss the book...

Partial Birth Abortion Case

April 27, 2000

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on whether a Nebraska law banning what's known as "partial birth abortion" is too broad and could be used to block other kinds of abortions. A panel discusses how this ruling may...

Marie Brenner: "Great Dames" (Crown)

April 26, 2000

Marie Brenner discusses the life lessons she's learned from glamorous, accomplished, individualistic older women like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Pamela Harriman and her own mother. She calls these women -- and her...

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