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February 25, 2010
Charles Stephen scrutinizes Maaza Mengiste's "Beneath the Lion's Gaze," a picture of the revolution and aftermath that struck famine-ridden Ethiopia in 1974, told through the eyes of a fictional doctor and his family. Stephen also uncovers "Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map... more››
February 18, 2010
Guest reviewer Clay Naff discusses "Open" by Andre Agassi, a frank autobiography by the famed tennis pro.
January 28, 2010
Charles Stephen explores "Vesuvius: A Biography" by Alwyn Scarth, a detail-peppered account of the history and geology surrounding the famous Pompeii-leveling volcano. Also reviewed is "A Most Wanted Man" by John le Carré, about a fugitive terrorist with wealthy Red Army connections.
January 14, 2010
Charles Stephen looks back at the authors who died in 2009, including: John Updike, Frank McCourt, and John Mortimer.
January 14, 2010
Charles Stephen reflects on "Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography" by Stanley Plumly, a portrait of the poet's last years, painted by the actions and lives of those around him. Stephen also engages with Iain McCalman's "Darwin's Armada: Four Voyages and the Battle for the Theory of Evolution," a... more››
January 14, 2010
Charles Stephen reviews three works of fiction: "The Lost Art of Gratitude" by Alexander McCall Smith, another mystery novel featuring Scottish philosopher-sleuth Isabel Dalhousie; "Deaf Sentence" by David Lodge, a sensitive and humorous story of a professor dealing simultaneously with the loss of... more››
January 7, 2010
Guest reviewer Susan Stephen warms up with "The Girl Who Played With Fire," the second installment of the Swedish mystery trilogy by Stieg Larssen. Charles Stephen immerses himself in "When You Were a Tadpole and I Was a Fish: And Other Speculations About This and That," a collection of reviews and... more››
December 17, 2009
Otis Young, co-host of "All About Books," has passed away. NET Manager Nancy Finken talks with Charles Stephen, who has co-hosted this program with Otis for more than 20 years. A tribute program will be broadcast next week.
December 17, 2009
"Charles Stephen shares his own and Otis Young's list of favorite books from the last year. Otis passed away last week; he will be greatly missed by all. The favorites list can be downloaded at"
December 3, 2009
Charles Stephen interviews John Janovy, UNL Professor of Biological Sciences, about his lastest book "Pieces of the Plains."