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February 14, 2008
Charles Stephen discusses two books: "Valentines," a collection of poems author Ted Kooser sent out to friends as part of an annual tradition; and Chris Mooney's "Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming," a look at the conflicts between science and public policy. Otis... more››
February 7, 2008
Otis Young reviews "The Surgeons" by Charles R. Morris, a look at some of the countries best heart surgeons, their work, and their patients; Charles Stephen plunges into "Red," a biography of the famous sports columnist Red Smith written by Ira Berkow.
January 31, 2008
Charles Stephen analyzes "Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson, a fresh, short, and engaging biography on the prolific playwright. Otis Young explores "Gomorrah" by investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, an illuminating look into the world of modern organized crime in Naples, Italy.
January 17, 2008
Charles Stephen explores "Tipperary," an historic tale of love, luminaries, and independence by "Ireland" author Frank Delaney. Otis Young takes a look at "The Terror Presidency," an insider's notes on the arguments and figures behind key Bush Administration policies by former Head of Office of... more››
January 10, 2008
Otis Young discusses "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs, the tale of one man's good-humored attempt to strictly follow biblical rules. Charles Stephen then examines Bernd Brunner's "Bears," a history, in fact an anecdote, about the relationship between bears and humans.
January 7, 2008
Charles Stephen reviews "Legacy of Ashes" by Tim Weiner, a hard and unflinching account of the history of the CIA. Then, Otis Young analyzes "Books on Fire" by Lucien X. Polastron, a chronicle of the destruction of libraries and books throughout history.
December 20, 2007
Charles Stephen interviews Jim McKee about his new book "Visions of Lincoln," which showcases the Star City's history, present, and future through essays and photographs.
December 20, 2007
Otis Young examines David Michaelis's "Schulz and Peanuts," a biography of the artist behind the beloved comic strip. Charles Stephen takes a look at "In Praise of Flattery" by Willis Goth Regier, an enthusiastic exploration of the positives and negatives involved in the "finest of the arts."
December 13, 2007
Charles Stephen explores "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy," a second installment of Rick Atkinson's "Liberation Trilogy," which chronicles US involvement in the battles of WWII. Otis Young reviews "The Slave Ship" by Marcus Rediker, a gripping and well-researched account of all the... more››
December 6, 2007
This week, Otis Young and Charles Stephen discuss "Pontoon" by Garrison Keillor, a riotously hillarious new novel set in Lake Wobegone, Minnesota.