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November 4, 2010
Guest reviewer Bruce Stephen looks at "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the true story of the woman whose cancer cells were cultured in the 1950s without her knowledge, which went on to help forward medical research for decades to come. Also reviewed, "Why Mahler?," a look at the growing... more››
October 28, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews "Jane Addams: Spirit in Action," by Louise Knight, a biography of the Nobel Prize-winning activist which traces her life as a champion of progressive causes from free speech, women's suffrage, and labor rights to world peace. Also reviewed: "The John Lardner Reader," a... more››
October 21, 2010
Guest reviewer Deb Stephen looks at "Percival's Planet," from Michael Byers, a character-rich novel about the discovery of the planet Pluto during depression-era America.
October 14, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews "The Icarus Syndrome," by Peter Beinart, an examination of American foreign policy errors and hubris. Also reviewed, "The World Almanac For Kids" a scattered collection of facts and lists for young readers.
October 7, 2010
Charles Stephen interviews Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn on the release of a new collection of his poety entitled "Swallowing the Soap."
September 30, 2010
Charles Stephen and his guest David Williams discuss "Wolf Hall," a brilliant new novel by Hilary Mantel set against the backdrop of Henry the Eighth's England.
September 23, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews two new books. "Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet," by Bill McKibbin, argues that we should consider the planet a very different place as a result of man's cumulative negative impact on the environment. "Portabello," by Ruth Rendell, is the lastest offering from... more››
September 16, 2010
Guest reviewer Clay Naff looks at "Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human," a readable book which proposes that it was fire and cooking that was the transformational event in human history. Also reviewed, "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest," the third and final book in the immensely popular... more››
September 9, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews "Work Song," a novel by Ivan Doig set in the mining town of Butte, Montana in the years following WWI. Also reviewed, "Dubai- Guilded Cage," a critical expose of the world's latest "city of greed and luxury."
September 2, 2010
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Alec Cross's Trial" by James Patterson. This is an historical novel set in the South during the early 20th century in which a White lawyer defends an African American. Also reviewed, "The Grimm Reader," 40 of the Brothers Grimm's famous and not so famous stories... more››