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July 17, 2008
Charles Stephen examines "The Post-American World" by Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria, a look at the rising status of the rest of the world. Otis Young investigates David Park's new novel "The Truth Commissioner," in which Ireland creates a "truth and reconcilliation" panel in order to heal wounds... more››
July 10, 2008
Otis Young looks into "Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy" by Eric G Wilson, a quirky new book deploring the decline of sadness in American culture. And then a cheery Charles Stephen reveals "The Library at Night," a meditation on collections of knowledge past and present by Alberto Manguel.
July 3, 2008
Charles Stephen interviews Ronald Knapp, who has just written "Of Life Immense: the Prophetic Vision of Walt Whitman."
June 26, 2008
Charles Stephen considers Paul and Stephen Kendrick's "Douglass and Lincoln: How a Revolutionary Black Leader and a Reluctant Liberator Struggled to End Slavery and Save the Union." Otis Young then illuminates "Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America," a tour of comedians from... more››
June 19, 2008
Otis Young ponders a terminally ill professor's reflections on life and death in "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch. Charles Stephen inspects a new biography about the 41st President of the US by Timothy Naftali, "George H W Bush."
June 12, 2008
Charles Stephen chats with trusted JFK advisor and Nebraska native Ted Sorensen about his new book "Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History."
May 29, 2008
Otis Young pages through "Please Don't Remain Calm: Provocations and Commentaries," a witty glance at politics and the media from 1995-present via essays by Slate founder Michael Kinsley. Charles Stephen uncovers Peter Robinson's new "Inspector Alan Banks" mystery "Friend of the Devil" and Lawrence... more››
May 22, 2008
Charles Stephen interviews French author Dominique Fabre about his novel "The Waitress Was New," as well as the translator of the book, UNL Professor Jordan Stump.
May 15, 2008
Otis Young picks apart "Semantic Antics: How and Why Words Change Meaning" by Sol Steinmetz. Charles Stephen uncovers "Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right," a look at how the game-changing issue affected 1980s American politics, by Adam Clymer.
May 8, 2008
Charles Stephen reviews "Fall of Frost," a biographical novel by Brian Hall about the life of the great American poet, Robert Frost. Otis Young discusses "Another Thing to Fall" the latest in the Tess Monaghan Private Investigator series by mystery writer Laura Lippman.