Society

Heroism in America

March 27, 2000

America's story is full of heroes, from explorers to revolutionaries, from cowboys to astronauts. A panel talks about the idea of heroism versus the reality of heroes, and whether or not idealism survives today in the modern world.

Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher: "African Ceremonies" (Abrams)

March 24, 2000

Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher teamed up for a 10-year project to document Africa's rapidly-disappearing traditional rituals and customs. They join Diane to talk about the result, a two-volume work highlighting the stunning...

Da Chen: "Colors of the Mountain" (Random House)

March 23, 2000

Da Chen grew up in a rural Chinese village, amid the hardships of the Cultural Revolution. He joins Diane to tell the story of the poverty and political turmoil of his childhood, and to describe the unusual turns his life has taken since...

Open Phones

March 21, 2000

Listeners serve as producers and guests as Diane hosts a session of open phones. Join the conversation with callers from around the country.

Readers Review: "Charming Billy" by Alice McDermott

March 17, 2000

For St. Patrick's Day, the March Readers' Review panel discusses Alice McDermott's National Book Award-winning novel. It's the story of an Irish-American man whose life is changed by the loss of the woman he loves, who returns to Ireland.

E.L. Doctorow: "City of God" (Random House)

March 16, 2000

For St. Patrick's Day, the March Readers' Review panel discusses Alice McDermott's National Book Award-winning novel. It's the story of an Irish-American man whose life is changed by the loss of the woman he loves, who returns to Ireland.

Chuck Collins and Joan Garner: "Robin Hood Was Right: A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change" (Norton)

March 14, 2000

Every year, Americans contribute over one hundred billion dollars to charity. But Chuck Collins and Joan Garner believe not all charities are equal -- from museums and universities, to battered women's shelters and soup kitchens. Collins...

Frances Kiernan: "Seeing Mary Plain" (Norton)

March 13, 2000

Frances Kiernan discusses her biography of writer and intellectual Mary McCarthy. The book includes excerpts from the author's conversations with dozens of Mary McCarthy's friends, colleagues, relatives and rivals.

Ron Dellums

March 8, 2000

A holiday rebroadast of Diane's conversation with former Congressman Ron Dellums, whose recent memoir is entitled Lying Down with the Lions (Beacon). He recalls his tough childhood in Oakland, California, his work in the civil rights...

Female Breadwinners

March 7, 2000

A recent study shows the number of women who make more than their husbands is on the rise. A panel talks about how this trend is affecting marriages, families, and workplaces.

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