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International Custody Disputes

June 6, 2000

Earlier this year parent advocates criticized the U.S. government for leaving 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez in the custody of relatives rather than reuniting him with his Cuban father. But about a thousand American children are subject to...

Ted Conover

June 5, 2000

A holiday rebroadcast of Diane's conversation with journalist Ted Conover, whose book Newjack (Random House) tells his story of taking a job as a prison guard in order to write about prison life from the inside.

Stefan Kanfer: "Groucho" (Knopf)

June 1, 2000

Stefan Kanfer joins Diane to discuss his new biography of legendary comedian Groucho Marx. The book chronicles the Marx Brothers' beginnings on the vaudeville stage and their brilliant success in Hollywood, as well as the more difficult...

Sidney Poitier: "The Measure of a Man" (Harper San Francisco)

May 24, 2000

Actor Sidney Poitier discusses his new memoir. He'll talk about his childhood in the Bahamas, and about how the values his parents taught him have influenced both his film career and his involvement in social justice advocacy.

SARK: "Transformation Soup" (Fireside/Simon & Schuster)

May 23, 2000

Artist and author Susan Kennedy -- better known as SARK -- presents her unconventional perspective on emotional healing. From learning to appreciate the simplest pleasures, to confronting the most painful of life's experiences, SARK's...

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

May 22, 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...

Orville Schell: "Virtual Tibet" (Metropolitan Books)

May 18, 2000

Tibet is trendy, according to China scholar Orville Schell. It's an inspiration for actor Richard Gere, the beneficiary of fundraising concerts by the Beastie Boys, and the setting of a Brad Pitt movie. Schell's new book compares the...

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...

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