Joseph Lelyveld – Gandhi

David speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Joseph Lelyveld about his new book on Mahatma Gandi. Having spent time in both South Africa and India in his years with the New York Times, Lelyveld became very familiar with the life of Gandhi and how he went from being a semi-enlightened figure to the legendary figure today. His latest book, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India, pulls no punches and covers every aspect of Gandhi’s life, so much so that it has been banned in areas of India because of its reporting on Gandhi’s sexuality and other intimate details of his life.

Original Air Date: 06-30-2011


Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick

David speaks with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick about his new book A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life. In this book, Gov. Patrick explains how he made his way from a poor boy living in a one bedroom apartment in the south side of Chicago to Harvard Law School to the Governor’s Mansion in Massachusetts.

Original Air Date: 06-29-2011


Bob & Dayna Baer – The Company We Keep

David speaks with CIA husband/wife duo Bob and Dayna Baer about their book The Company We Keep. The book examines the hardships of keeping a family together in a life shrouded in secrecy and how this led to Bob and Dayna’s relationship and ultimate marriage after years working together in the CIA.

Original Air Date: 06-22-2011

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Richard North Patterson – The Devil’s Light

David speaks with author Richard North Patterson about his latest book The Devil’s Light. The book is a work of fiction based on real life research into terrorism based in Lebanon. The book centers around the possibility of a nuclear attack from al-Qaeda and how Brooke Chandler, a young CIA agent, must do his best to prevent the attack.

Original Air Date: 06-20-2011


Diana Henriques – Wizard of Lies

David speaks with Diana Henriques, a senior financial writer for the New York Times and author of the new book Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. Less than two years after the downfall of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme, Henriques was the first reporter Madoff agreed to meet with personally. This book serves as the most accurate account in writing of what happened and more importantly what went wrong.

Original Air Date: 06-16-2011

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Deborah Lipstadt – The Eichmann Trial

David speaks with Deborah Lipstadt about her book The Eichmann Trial. The book is the first of its kind look at the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Lipstadt is a professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. As a leading expert on the Holocaust, this is Lipstadt’s fourth book on the subject. Her previous books include Denying the Holocaust, Beyond Belief, and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.

Original Air Date: 06-14-2011


Jason Berry – Render Unto Rome

Jason_Berry-150x150David speaks with author Jason Berry about his book Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church. This book chronicles decades of secrecy, scandal and deceit in the Catholic church, but not on the expected subject matter. Instead this book examines how the hundreds of millions of dollars in weekly tithings from congregations worldwide is spent and accounted for from local diocese to Vatican City.

Original Air Date: 06-13-2011


Jim Axelrod – In the Long Run

David speaks with CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod about his new book In The Long Run. Unlike most books by reporters which brag of the exploits of the stories they have reported on, this book takes a far more personal tone. This book focuses on how the business of news has affected his personal life, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

Original Air Date: 06-9-2011


Jeffrey Gettleman – Sudan

David speaks with New York Times foreign correspondent Jeffrey Gettlemen about the current happenings in Sudan. After more than 20 years of Civil War, Sudan is set to split in two parts on July 9, 2011. Gettleman talks about the challenges ahead for this new nation, as well as the challenges of Sudan as it works to find a middle ground that allows both countries to utilize the current country’s natural resources.

Original Air Date: 06-6-2011


Paul Wolpe – Ethics and the Arts

David speaks with Paul Wolpe, an Emory Professor in Bioethics and Director for the Center of Ethics at Emory about the intersection of art and ethics. Wolpe’s examination of ethics and the arts looks beyond the ethical nature of art, but also the ethical nature of the production of art.

Original Air Date: 06-2-2011