February 17, 2003 John Ydstie hosts a discussion on the controversy over the election of the 19th U.S. president, Rutherford B. Hayes.
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January 31, 2003 NPR's Lynn Neary talks with writer Norman Mailer about his new book The Spooky Art: Thoughts on Writing.
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June 24, 2002 Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Interesting Women, the new collection of short stories by Andrea Lee.
June 16, 2002 Devotees of Irish novelist James Joyce celebrate today as Bloomsday by reading from his 1922 novel Ulysses. Actress Fionnula Flanagan shares a short excerpt from the closing pages of the book.
October 15, 2001 Author Jonathan Franzen joins Fresh Air to discuss his critically acclaimed and award-winning novel, The Corrections. It is a saga about two generations of an American family; the parents and their children.
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October 8, 2001 His new book is Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade (Doubleday). It's the story of the battle for the Holy Land in the late 12th century. It begins as a dual biography of Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt, Syria, Arabia and Mesopotamia, and Richard I, King of England, known as the Lionheart. The two men led the battling Islamic and Christian armies. James Reston is also the author of twelve books, including The Last Apocalypse and Galileo: A Life. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Library of Congress.
May 4, 2001 Ruth Reichl is editor in chief of Gourmet magazine and a former restaurant critic for The New York Times. Her book Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table, described her lifelong passion for food. She continues her story with Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table.
June 10, 1999 Charges of fictionalization in Rigoberta Menchu's Nobel Prize-winning autobiography fuel a passionate debate: Can rewritten "facts" still do justice to the truth?
October 16, 1998 Film Critic Pat Dowell reports on Beloved, the new movie by Jonathan Demme based on the Toni Morrison novel. The movie was produced by and stars Oprah Winfrey.
February 25, 1998 Commentator Patt Morrison makes the point that presidential affairs are nothing new. While the Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair caused quite a stir, she says there are far more romantic presidential tales to tell.
October 3, 1996 Junot Diaz is a young writer who was born in the Dominican Republic. He was raised there, but also in New Jersey, and he has just published a collection of stories about growing up on his old home island and in the U.S. The book is called Drown.
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