Simon Winchester discusses the geological causes and the sociological consequences of the great San Francisco earthquake. His latest book is A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906. (11/30/06)

Simon Winchester (71:50)

We examine the current state of the psychological profession, including some of its problems and how they can be remedied. The guest for this conversation is Nicholas Cummins, former president of the American Psychological Association and author of the recent book Destructive Trends in Mental Health. (11/29/06)

Nicholas Cummings (81:22)

Academy-award winning actress Ellen Burstyn talks about her long and varied acting career and her involvement in Sufism in this fascinating interview. Burstyn is the author of the new memoir Lessons in Becoming Myself. (11/23/06)

Ellen Burstyn (31:50)

Harry Shearer is known for his acting work in radio, television and film--now he adds novelist to his resume with the publication of Not Enough Indians. In this interview, he and Milt discuss Shearer's experiences with Jack Benny, the history of Indian casinos, and his thoughts on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (11/23/06)

Harry Shearer (34:37)

A discussion of the future of the family in America with Allan Carlson, president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and George Marlin, a member of the Howard Center's Board of Directors. (11/15/06)

Howard Center (76:50)

Acclaimed journalist Kati Marton discusses nine famous Hungarian Jews who impacted history, including Michael Curtiz and Leo Szilard. She is the author of the new book The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World. (11/14/06)

Kati Marton (81:37)

A panel discussion on the rising influence of Islam in Europe, especially in France. The discussants are Roger Kimball, editor of the New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books, and David Pryce-Jones, senior editor at National Review magazine and author of the new book Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews. (11/09/06)

Islam and Europe (78:08)

We explore the roots of the September 11th terrorist attacks, including the American intelligence failures that ultimately did not prevent them, with Lawrence Wright. An acclaimed journalist, Wright is the author of the new book The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, which was a finalist for this year's National Book Award. (11/06/06)

Lawrence Wright (80:15)