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    Valley Girls and Surfer Boys

    A panel of native California writers discussed the absurdity of the history and culture of the city of Los Angeles. They also responded to audience questions. Ms. Loh wrote If You Lived Here,…

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    Apocalypse Now

    Panel members discussed the incidents at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the shootout at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. They were very critical of government actions related to these…

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    Guns, Germs and Steel

    Mr. Holtz spoke to Professor Diamond about his book Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, published by Norton. The book relies on scientific evidence to provide an…

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    America's Changing Political Culture

    Authors spoke about the changing nature of American political culture and particularly about how social issues, from abortion to human rights concerns, affect political allegiances among…

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    The Vietnam War: Cultural Fallout

    Panelists discussed their books about the Vietnam war and how the war is portrayed in today’s culture. Mr. Wiener wrote Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files. Ms. Elliott wrote The…

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    Jewish Culture: Wisdom Old and New

    Authors and Rabbis discussed what it means to be Jewish, including historical, cultural, religious and societal aspects. They also responded to questions from the audience.

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    What America Owes to Blacks

    Black scholars discussed the topic of reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves. They also responded to questions from the audience. Professor Crenshaw moderated. Mr.…

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    Blonde

    Joyce Carol Oates talked about her novel Blonde, published by the Ecco Press. The book is a fictionalized account of Norma Jean Baker, better known by her studio name Marilyn Monroe. Drawn from…

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    Search for Historical Truth

    Authors and historians discussed differing perceptions of historical truth, and some of the problems and challenges associated with the identification of truth in the study of history. They…

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    Race and Gender in Sport

    Panelists talked about evolutionary biology, racism in sports, and the lack of black sports team owners. Mr. Shields wrote Black Planet, which explores the racial subtext in the NBA through…

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    Vietnam Reconsidered

    The forum participants discussed their research into and experiences with the Vietnam War. They also entertained questions from the audience. Ms. FitzGerald’s latest book is Way Out There in the…

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    Crash and Burn: Prosperity

    In a forum titled, “Crash and Burn: The New and Old Prosperity,” panelists discussed the rise and fall of prosperity based on new technology. Among the issues discussed were how the…

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    Ronald Reagan

    Mr. Cannon talked about his updated paperback biography: President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime. It was published by Public Affairs Books. He also responded to viewer phone calls.

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    Wanderlust: Traveler's Tales

    Authors discussed themes of travel writing such as exploration, self-reflection, multiculturalism, global life, and the sense of home that comes from traveling. They also read passages from…

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    Biographies of Writers

    Biographers of writers talked about how they chose their subjects, the process of research, documentary evidence, and the work of the subjects themselves. They also responded to audience…

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    New Chinese Writing

    Authors born in China discussed their personal journeys and writing styles. They also talked about Chinese society and responded to audience questions. Mr. Jin, a poet, also wrote the novel…

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    The Women's Movement

    The panelists discussed the history of the women’s movement and their personal experiences during the 1960s and up to the present. They also responded to audience questions. Dr. Rosen’s…

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    Young Heroes of the Bible

    Academy-Award winning actor and author Kirk Douglas talked about his latest book Young Heroes of the Bible, published by Simon and Schuster. The book is a collection of stories from the Old…

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    Life on the Border

    Panel members discussed the relationship between the United States and Mexico and the perceptions of how issues related to Mexico are covered by the American media. They also responded to…

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    Biography: Fact or Fiction?

    Mr. Cannon and Mr. Schama discussed their experiences writing biographies, placing special emphasis on the difficulty associated with separating fact from fiction. They also responded to…

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