Alain de Botton: "The Consolations of Philosophy" (Pantheon) (Rebroadcast)

July 3, 2000

Those of us struggling with broken hearts, money woes, or any of the other hardships of everyday life might not think to consult history's greatest philosophers for help. But according to author Alain de Botton, the advice of Socrates...

Karin Evans: "The Lost Daughters of China" (Tarcher-Putnam)

June 29, 2000

Journalist Karin Evans talks about how her own experience adopting a Chinese-born baby girl led her to explore the cultural and political reasons that thousands of Chinese girls are adopted every year by American families.

Open Phones

June 29, 2000

Diane spends an hour in open-ended conversation with listeners.

Elizabeth Kendall: "American Daughter" (Random House)

June 28, 2000

Elizabeth Kendall talks about getting to know and understand her mother years after she died in a car accident. She reflects on their cultural roles as mother and child, postwar homemaker and baby boom girl, in her new memoir.

Alcohol in American Culture

June 27, 2000

An estimated 14 million Americans are alcoholics. Many have recovered and rebuilt their lives with the help and support of family, friends, and 12-step or other types of programs. But treatment advocates, recovered alcoholics, and law...

Bob Greene: "Duty" (William Morrow)

June 26, 2000

Newspaper columnist Bob Greene's new book tells his story of getting to know Paul Tibbets, the man who piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945. It's also about how, this experience has given him insight into his...

Peggy Orenstein: "Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids and Life in a Half-Changed World" (Doubleday)

June 23, 2000

Writer Peggy Orenstein describes her latest project: four years spent interviewing women in their twenties, thirties, and forties. In her new book she shares her observations on these women and their attitudes toward sexuality, careers...

Hospice and End-of-Life Care

June 22, 2000

The past decade has seen a tremendous surge of interest in improved pain management, end-of-life care, and physician-assisted suicide. A panel talks about hospice care and other programs that treat death as an important, though often...

Tom Ashbrook: "The Leap: A Memoir of Love and Madness in the Internet Gold Rush"

June 21, 2000

Tom Ashbrook takes Diane on a tour of the ups and downs he's experienced since making the risky decision to leave a successful journalism career to join an old friend in an Internet startup venture. His new memoir, tells how his decision...

David Nasaw: "The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst"

June 20, 2000

Historian David Nasaw discusses his new biography of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher whose larger-than-life personality influenced both the media industry and politics. Nasaw's book shows the results of unprecedented...

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