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August 7, 2008
Otis Young considers "Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct," in which author Michael McCullough spells out some of the psychological history behind how humans treat other people. Young also distills "The Rain Before It Falls" by Jonathan Coe, a novel about the relationship... more››
July 31, 2008
Charles Stephen considers "A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World," an account by author Tony Horwitz of travels while researching some of the myths of American history; Stephen then discusses "Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier To the Wife He Left Behind" by Lincolnite... more››
July 24, 2008
Otis Young opens "Bastard Tongues" by Derek Bickerton, a memoir of creole languages and how they develop and what that says about human language capacity. Charles Stephen then reviews "The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir," an exploration of the life of an Episcopal bishop by his daughter Honor Moore.
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››