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05:09

Italian Crime Novels Make An International Splash

Once renowned for its artists, Italy seemed to vanish from the world stage in the '80s and '90s. But two new novels, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio and Sicilian Tragedee, show Italian culture enjoying an international comeback.

21:19

Todd Gitlin Argues Against Identity Politics.

Journalist and professor Todd Gitlin. His new book is a liberal's criticism of the "culture wars" that have destroyed the notion of common good in our country. It's called "The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America is Wracked by Culture Wars," (Metropolitan Books). Gitlin is also the author of "The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage." He teaches culture and communications , journalism, and sociology at New York University.

15:47

Writer Richard Rodriguez on American Identity

Rodriguez was called a traitor to his Mexican-American heritage after he published a collection of autobiographical essays, "Hunger of Memory" in 1982. He has a new book of essays, "Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father," in which he still struggles with questions about identity.

22:09

What Fresh Blood Brings to the 103rd Congress

Journalist Steve Roberts is the senior writer for "U.S. News & World Report." Before that, he covered Congress for The New York Times. He'll talk with guest host Marty Moss-Coane about the 103rd Congress which just went into session. It's the most diverse group yet.

14:48

Anthony Appiah on What Africa Means to African Americans

Appiah is Professor of African-American Studies at Harvard. He was born in Ghana to Anglo-Ghanaian parents. His father Ghanaian and his mother British. His new book is "In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture," a collection of essays that one reviewer calls a, "groundbreaking. . . analysis of absurdities and damaging presuppositions that have clouded our discussions on race, Africa, and nationalism since the 19th century."

03:30

What's So Funny about 43 White Men?

Critic-at-large Laurie Stone, just back from the "Just for Laughs Festival," a stand up comedy festival in Montreal, assesses the current state of standup.

27:50

Journalist James Fallows on American and Asian Culture

Fallows writes for the Atlantic Monthly, and reports on Asia. His new book, More Like Us, examines the cultural differences between the United States and Asian countries, and argues that America needs to embrace its unique diversity -- and work to resolve class differences -- in order to reach its full potential.

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