Lastly, with his book, "The Library of Great American Writing," Louis Untermeyer talks about Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson and personal friends of his, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. Twain, said Untermeyer, started out as a humorist but then became more pessimistic with "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". Emily Dickenson wrote in secret and she only gave permission for six of her poems to be published.
Interviewing Louis Untermeyer [1 of 3 parts].
Discussing the book "Leaving Town Alive: Confessions of an Arts Warrior" (published by Houghton Mifflin) with author John Frohnmayer.
James Mills, a novelist and journalist, talks to Studs about his book "Report to the Commissioner". Mr. Mills and Studs discuss the story and Mr. Mills goes in depth into the process of police detectives working a case. Studs plays an excerpt of a Chicago policeman talking about working on the tactical squad on the police force. The policeman tells of how they go into a neighborhood as civilians to stop crime.
MacMichael testified in front of the World Court at the Hague in 1985 about the United States government's activities with anti-Sandinista contra forces in Nicaragua and President Reagan's knowledge of such events.
Interviewing Vietnam veterans and peace activists Dr. Charles Clements and Asa Baber.
From the book, “Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life”, in a country with such great wealth, to see so many (people) without a place to live is devastating, according to Rosalynn Carter, and President Jimmy Carter said it was embarrassing. Their backgrounds, their time in the White House, the homeless and Habitat for Humanity are some of the topics covered in the Carters’ book. At the time when the Carters started to write this book, they had been married for 40 years. Mr. Carter revealed that writing this book together was the worst experience they shared.
Eqbal Ahmad, Daniel Ellsberg, Anthony Lukas and Anthony Russo discuss Anthony Russo's trial and treatment he endured during his time from conviction to release in federal prison compared to the treatment of prisoners tortured in Vietnam.
After having flown 50 missions in Vietnam, Charles Clements went to medical school and became a physician and a human rights activist. Dr. Clements talks about his observations in the poorest sections of Nicaragua. Because medicine for the poor people was considered contraband, Clements had to resort to putting rusty nails into a cup of water and having his patients drink the water for iron supplements. Clements reminds the audience if we don't know our history, we are bound to repeat it.
Don Gold, writer and editor, discusses his book "Bellevue: A Documentary of a Large Metropolitan Hospital." He recounts his time spent following doctors and nurses in Bellevue in New York City and discusses how healthcare has become depersonalized. The conversation involves patients who are dealing with mental illnesses, abortions, attempted suicide and the terminally ill. The interview includes reading of passages from his book.
Discussing the books "Burnt water" and "Distant relations" with the author Carlos Fuentes.