Society

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...

Edvard Radzinsky: "The Rasputin File" (Doubleday)

April 25, 2000

For decades, the story of the mystic Russian monk Rasputin and the role he played in the fall of the Romanov dynasty was never fully known. But five years ago, a long-hidden KGB file on Rasputin resurfaced. Russian journalist Edvard...

Readers' Review: Graham Greene's "The Heart of the Matter."

April 21, 2000

The April Readers' Review panel discusses Graham's novel, which is set in West Africa during World War II and tells the story of a man struggling with the moral dilemmas of his adulterous affair.

Edna O'Brien: "Wild Decembers" (Houghton Mifflin)

April 20, 2000

Edna O'Brien discusses her new novel, which is set in her native Ireland. It's the story of "warring sons of warring sons" -- a tale of two men and their feud over both a piece of land and a woman's loyalty.

Joyce Carol Oates: "Blonde" (Harper Collins)

April 18, 2000

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates presents her interpretation of how young Norma Jeane Baker became Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

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