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December 17, 2009
"Charles Stephen shares his own and Otis Young's list of favorite books from the last year. Otis passed away last week; he will be greatly missed by all. The favorites list can be downloaded at"
December 3, 2009
Charles Stephen interviews John Janovy, UNL Professor of Biological Sciences, about his lastest book "Pieces of the Plains."
November 26, 2009
Charles Stephen investigates "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," the first thrilling installment in the triology by novelist Stieg Larsson. Otis Young unwraps "Firsts: Origins of Everyday Things That Changed the World" by Wilson Casey, a trivia compilation detailing over 500 firsts, big and small.
November 19, 2009
Otis Young sits down with "Exiles in the Garden" by Ward Just, a carefully woven novel sketching the life of a US Senator's son, edged on one side by Washington DC's political players and on the other side by exiles seeking refuge in the United States. Charles Stephen also checks out "Dangerous... more››
November 12, 2009
Charles Stephen opens up Lorrie Moore's "A Gate at the Stairs," a witty, charming, and warm coming-of-age novel set in a Midwest college town. Otis Young then considers "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" by Maile Meloy, a collection of short stories probing the complicated and often... more››
November 5, 2009
Charles Stephen talks with former US poet laureate Ted Kooser about his latest book, "Lights on the Ground of Darkness," a short book of childhood remembrances.
November 5, 2009
Guest reviewer Barbara Rixstine discusses "In Fed We Trust," by David Wessel, an economics reporter for the Wall Street Journal. This is a book about Federal Chairman Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve, and how they tried to head off the recent international financial disaster.
November 5, 2009
Otis Young contemplates "Eternal Life: A New Vision: Beyond Religion, Beyond Theism, Beyond Heaven and Hell," a thoughtful examination of deities and religion in the context of modern knowledge by retired bishop John Shelby Spong. Charles Stephen marches forward with "Darwin's Sacred Cause: How a... more››
October 29, 2009
Charles Stephen sails through "That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo, a poignant and introspective novel examining family ties, dreams for the future, and life changes. Otis Young discovers "I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness Upbringing" by Kyria Abrahams, a candid and... more››
October 22, 2009
Otis Young unearths Mitch Horowitz's "Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation," an exploration of the less mainstream beliefs that have woven through American culture since before the Revolutionary War. Charles Stephen kicks back with "Seven Pleasures: Essays on... more››