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March 20, 2008
Otis Young discusses "Copernicus' Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began" by Jack Repcheck, a biography of the person behind some of the most revolutionary ideas of the early Renaissance. Charles Stephen uncovers "The Amateur Spy," a well-crafted thriller set in Jordan by Balitmore Sun war... more››
March 13, 2008
Charles Stephen takes a look at John Updike's "Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism," a compilation of the author's reviews and works from recent years. Otis Young also discusses "The Warmest Room in the House" by Steven Gdula, a look at kitchens, food and cooking in 20th century America.
March 6, 2008
Otis Young interviews Bart D. Ehrman, a professor of religion at UNC-Chapel Hill, about his new book "God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question--Why We Suffer."
February 28, 2008
Charles Stephen examines "Treasure-House of the Language: The Living OED" by Charlotte Brewer, a detailed account of the personalities and challenges that have shaped the ongoing development of the Oxford English Dictionary. Also discussed is one of Ian Rankin's early novels--absorbing spy thriller... more››
February 21, 2008
Otis Young analyzes Tom Perrotta's "The Abstinence Teacher," a novel that takes on education and moral factions in modern suburbia. Charles Stephen then reviews "Stranger in Paradise" by Robert B. Parker, featuring Paradise, Massachusetts, chief of police Jesse Stone.
February 14, 2008
Charles Stephen discusses two books: "Valentines," a collection of poems author Ted Kooser sent out to friends as part of an annual tradition; and Chris Mooney's "Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming," a look at the conflicts between science and public policy. Otis... more››
February 7, 2008
Otis Young reviews "The Surgeons" by Charles R. Morris, a look at some of the countries best heart surgeons, their work, and their patients; Charles Stephen plunges into "Red," a biography of the famous sports columnist Red Smith written by Ira Berkow.
January 31, 2008
Charles Stephen analyzes "Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson, a fresh, short, and engaging biography on the prolific playwright. Otis Young explores "Gomorrah" by investigative journalist Roberto Saviano, an illuminating look into the world of modern organized crime in Naples, Italy.
January 17, 2008
Charles Stephen explores "Tipperary," an historic tale of love, luminaries, and independence by "Ireland" author Frank Delaney. Otis Young takes a look at "The Terror Presidency," an insider's notes on the arguments and figures behind key Bush Administration policies by former Head of Office of... more››
January 10, 2008
Otis Young discusses "The Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs, the tale of one man's good-humored attempt to strictly follow biblical rules. Charles Stephen then examines Bernd Brunner's "Bears," a history, in fact an anecdote, about the relationship between bears and humans.