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From the Archives: Writer Gunter Grass on Political Strife in Germany.

Today, Gunter Grass won the Nobel Prize for literature. The Nobel Academy cited his first novel, "The Tin Drum," published in 1959, for ushering in a new era of German literature after decades of linguistic and moral destruction. We're going to hear an excerpt of an interview recorded with Grass in 1992. Although he's now staunchly anti-Nazi, he had been a member of Hitler Youth, then fought in the war. Rebroadcast of 12/16/92


Comedian Bill Maher on His "Politically Incorrect" Politics

Maher is the hose of Comedy Central's "Politically Incorrect," which has just moved to ABC. The former stand-up comic's new book is "Does Anybody Have a Problem With That: Politically Incorrect's Greatest Hits." With panelists of diverse ideologies and sometimes explosive conflicts, the show has been described as "the McLaughlin Group on acid." (REBROADCAST from 6/13/96).


Making Sense of The Growing Cynicism and Apathy of U. S. Voters.

Columnist for The Washington Post, E. J. Dionne, Jr. He's the author of the book, Why Americans Hate Politics. His latest book is They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives will Dominate the Next Political Era (Simon & Schuster). He'll talk with Terry about the book and the results of the Iowa Caucuses.


American Populist Language's Shift from Left to Right

Professor Michael Kazin's new book, "The Populist Persuasion: An American History," explores the rise and change of populism and its effect on the political structure. He examines populism's roots as a leftist, liberal movement, and how populist ideas came to be used as rhetoric of conservative Presidents Nixon and Reagan.


Writer Gunter Grass on Political Strife in Germany

Some consider Grass Germany's greatest contemporary writer, both for his fiction -- including The Tin Drum -- and for his political essays. Grass argued for years against against German reunification because of the hatred and resentment he was afraid it would unleash; he believes his fears have since come to pass.


The Rise in Censorship in American Schools

Professor of English Joan DelFattore at the University of Delaware wrote the book "What Johnny Shouldn't Read," in which she examines several of the more publicized Federal court cases of the 1980s involving attempts to censor schoolbooks, looking at the resulting impact on publishers and on state education officials. She looks at efforts of both the right and the left to influence curricula.


The DLC Pushes Democrats to the Center

Jacob Weisberg, deputy editor at The New Republic, talks about the Democratic Leadership Council. Both Bill Clinton and his running-mate Senator Al Gore are members of this group, which was founded seven years ago in an effort to bring the party closer to center. The DLC opposes what it sees "as an interest-group beholden party leadership," writes Weisberg.


David Savage Discusses the Supreme Court.

David Savage is the Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He's just written a book called "Turning Right: The Making of the Rehnquist Supreme Court," (John Wiley and Sons) about how the Supreme court turned conservative in the 80s, and what future decisions the court will make.

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