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September 16, 2009
Otis Young reviews "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey" a book by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, who recounts the massive stroke she suffered--and her decade-long recovery. Charles Stephen discusses "The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World," by Paul... more››
August 20, 2009
Otis Young reviews "Losing My Religion" by former LA Times religion reporter William Lobdell, who recounts the story of how he became a Protestant evangelical, nearly accepted Catholicism, and finally rejected religion altogether. Young also reviews "A Bride in the Bargain," by Deeanne Gist. In... more››
August 20, 2009
Charles Stephen wades into "The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America" by Lorri Glover and Daniel Blake Smith, an historic tale of courage, survival, and escape. Otis Young then unlocks "Wanting" by Richard Flanagan, a narrative interweaving events from... more››
August 6, 2009
Otis Young takes on "The Myth of American Exceptionalism" by Godfrey Hodgson, a cutting but fair critique of the modern US's self-image. Young also evaluates Richard A Posner's "A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of '08 and the Descent into Depression," one of the first comprehensive books... more››
July 30, 2009
Charles Stephen focuses on three books: "Climate Change: Picturing the Science," a book of stunning prose and photographs by Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe; "Sealing Their Fate: The Twenty-two Days That Decided World War II" by David Downing, an English historian's perspective on the key turning... more››
July 23, 2009
Otis Young hits a home run with Allen Barra's "Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee," an in-depth biography of the most-quotable Yankee; Young also eyes "Bottom of the Ninth: Branch Rickey, Casey Stengel, and the Daring Scheme to Save Baseball from Itself" by Michael Shapiro, a behind-the-scenes look at the... more››
July 15, 2009
Charles Stephen wends his way through "Sojourner Truth's America" by Margaret Washington, a substantial biography of the former slave and her fight for women's rights and against slavery. Stephen also reflects on "The Day We Found the Universe" by Marcia Bartusiak, the story of scientists--well-... more››
July 9, 2009
Charles Stephen sets out on an evolutionary adventure as he discusses four Darwin-related books: "Charles Darwin: The Beagle Letters," edited by Frederick Burkhardt; "The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species," introduced by James T. Costa; "Charles and Emma... more››
July 2, 2009
Charles Stephen tracks down "The Increment" by Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, a spy thriller featuring a CIA agent, aided by a British agency and an Iranian nuclear scientist, as he races to prevent an unnecessary war with Iran. Otis Young opens up "The Servants' Quarters" by Lynn Freed... more››
June 25, 2009
Otis Young dives into "Breathless" by Lurlene McDaniel, a short novel for young readers about ethical dilemmas and life decisions. Charles Stephen then stakes out Neal Bascomb's "Hunting Eichmann: How a Band of Survivors and a Young Spy Agency Chased Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi," the true... more››