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    • John Charmley interview

    • Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965; Prime ministers - Great Britain - Biography; Great Britain - Politics and government - 20th century
    • John Charmley discusses his biography of Winston Churchill entitled, “Churchill, the End of Glory.” He begins by explaining Churchill’s early life and how his lack of education made him a unique politician. He describes how Churchill was a war...
    • T.C. Boyle interview, 1987 September

    • Dutch Americans - Fiction
    • T.C. Boyle discusses his book, “World’s End.” The book is set during the 1960s, 1940s, and 1600s. It follows the arrival of the Dutch and political unrest during various time periods. Boyle goes on to talk about the biological father, adoptive...
    • David Frum interview, 2004

    • War on Terrorism, 2001-; Terrorism - Prevention - Government policy - United States; World politics - 1995-2005; United States - Politics and government - 2001-; United States - Foreign relations - 21st century;
    • David Frum discusses his book, “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror,” co-authored with Richard Perle. Frum talks about weapons of mass destruction and asks whether Saddam Hussein had the ability to create the weapons. He says Al-Qaeda...
    • Tim Green interview, 1996 April

    • Football players – Fiction; Illegal arms transfers – Fiction; Texas – Fiction;
    • Tim begins the interview talking about the well-established authors he studied with in college. For the majority of the interview, Tim and Connie discuss the major characters in his novel and their real-world counter-parts. Near the end of the...
    • Steven Frank interview, 2004 January

    • English language – Rhetoric; English language – Composition and exercises;
    • Steven begins the interview talking about how the book is both an autobiographical look at Stephen’s work as a teacher as well as a manual to writing well. For the majority of the interview, Stephen discusses a number of the analogies, stories,...
    • Juliet Cassuto Rothman interview, 1995 January

    • Rothman, Daniel Maurice, 1971-1992 – Health; Quadriplegics – United States – Biography; Medical ethics; Do–not–resuscitate orders; Life support systems (Critical care); Euthanasia;
    • Juliet begins the interview talking about her son before the accident that paralyzed him. Juliet also discusses her career as a social worker and ethics philosopher and how her work prepared and did not prepare her for dealing with her son’s...
    • Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner interview

    • Levant, Oscar, 1906-1972; Musicians - United States - Biography
    • Nancy Schoenberger and Sam Kashner discuss their book, “A Talent for Genius.” They begin by explaining that their book is a biography of musician Oscar Levant. They talk about Levant’s relationship with composer George Gershwin. Schoenberger...
    • Richard Goodwin interview, 1988 October

    • United States - Politics and government - 1963-1969; United States - Politics and government - 1961-1963; Goodwin, Richard N.; Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
    • Richard Goodwin discusses his book, “Remembering America.” Goodwin served as a speechwriter for both President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He begins this interview by discussing the changing role of speechwriters from the Roosevelt...
    • Paul Cowan and Rachel Cowan interview, 1983 June

    • Interfaith marriage - United States; Marriage - Religious aspects - Judaism; Marriage - Religious aspects - Christianity
    • Paul Cowan and Rachel Cowan discuss their book, “Mixed Blessings.” They begin by explaining that they are an interfaith couple and decided to write their own wedding ceremony so they could incorporate both aspects of Judaism and Christianity. ...
    • Hugh Downs interview, 1988 December

    • Television personalities - United States - Biography; Downs, Hugh
    • Hugh Downs discusses his autobiography, “On Camera.” He begins by explaining how he got his start in radio and then later moved to television. Downs discusses his early exposure to “The University of Chicago Roundtable.” He goes on to share his...
    • Lisa See interview, 2007 August

    • Lovesickness - Fiction; Young women - China - Fiction; Future life - Fiction; Operas, Chinese - Fiction; China - Social life and customs - 17th century - Fiction
    • Lisa See discusses her book, “Peony in Love.” Martinson begins by talking about the cataclysmic change that occurred in 16th century China when the Manchus took over the country. See then goes on to discuss the opera, “Peony Pavilion,” and how it...
    • Susan Vreeland interview, 2005 February

    • Painters - Fiction; Impressionist artists - Fiction; Post-impressionism (Art) - Fiction; Biographical fiction, American; France - Fiction
    • Susan Vreeland discusses her book, “Life Studies.” Vreeland shares stories from the book, which cast the profiled painters as peripheral characters. She tells the story of how Pierre-Auguste Renoir meets the little girl from his work, “A Girl...
    • Anne Rice interview, 1985

    • Vampires - Fiction
    • Anne Rice discusses her novel, “The Vampire Lestat.” Rice begins by discussing the plot of the novel, which chronicles the life of the vampire Lestat; a character that was first introduced in Rice’s book “Interview with the Vampire.” She goes on to...
    • Richard Ben Cramer interview, 2004

    • Arab-Israeli conflict - Moral and ethical aspects; Arab-Israeli conflict - 1993- - Peace; Palestinian Arabs - West Bank - Social conditions; Palestinian Arabs - Gaza Strip - Social conditions; National characteristics, Israeli; Israel - Social...
    • Richard Ben Cramer discusses his book, “How Israel Lost.” He begins by explaining how the New York Times didn’t cover much of the Israel conflict and writes from a Zionist point of view. He talks about how he went to Israel in the 1970s as a...
    • Jared Diamond interview, 1993 January

    • Human evolution; Social evolution; Nature - Effect of human beings on
    • Jared Diamond discusses his book, "The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal." The book encompasses the history of evolution from the Neanderthals, "tree of human life," and "last first contact." He writes that humans are...
    • Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen interview, 1990 October

    • Harlow, Jean, 1911-1937; Bern, Paul, 1889-1932; Motion picture actors and actresses - United States - Biography; Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography
    • Samuel Marx and Joyce Vanderveen discuss their book, “Deadly Illusions.” Marx begins by explaining that the book began when he started asking questions about the apparent suicide of his friend Paul Bern. At the time of his death Bern was married...
    • Peter C. Whybrow interview

    • Affective disorders; Self; Personality; Health
    • Peter C. Whybrow discusses his book, “A Mood Apart.” He begins by explaining how he is the director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA. He says that 15% of people with severe mood disorders end up committing suicide. He lists several...
    • Denny Miller interview

    • Actors - United States - Biography
    • Denny Miller discusses his book, "Didn't You Used to Be What's His Name?" He shares that he played football while he was in the military and that a theatrical agent handed him his card while he was a furniture mover. Miller says he was given...
    • Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon interview

    • Musicals - New York (State) - New York - History and criticism
    • Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon discuss their book, “Broadway.” They begin by explaining that the book is a result of a 6 week PBS special on Broadway musicals. They talk about the early history of musicals, including the first performer...
    • Susan Elderkin interview, 2000

    • British - Arizona - Fiction; Fathers and daughters - Fiction; Deserts - Fiction; Arizona - Fiction
    • Susan Elderkin discusses her book, “Sunset Over Chocolate Mountains.” She describes the characters, Theobald, an overweight mama’s boy from England, and Jersey, an oddball that meets Theobald in Arizona. Elderkin also describes Tibor, an ice...

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