Dec. 27, 2004
Essayist Ann Taylor Fleming looks at a museum exhibition about California during the Vietnam War era.
Dec. 23, 2004
Roger Rosenblatt Ponders a Bertrand Russell Essay
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt ponders the meaning of a Bertrand Russell essay in this holiday season.
Dec. 21, 2004
A Roger Rosenblatt Essay on the Legacy of the Founders of New York
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at the legacy of the founders of New York.
Dec. 15, 2004
Message of Aztecs Endures
Essayist Richard Rodriguez looks at the enduring message of the Aztec Indians.
Dec. 2, 2004
A History of the New York City Subway
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at the history of the New York City subway, which turns 100 this year.
Nov. 26, 2004
Health Community Divided Over Prescription Drugs for Children
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming looks at the precarious connection between children and prescription drugs.
Nov. 19, 2004
Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune asks, "What is an African-American?"
Nov. 12, 2004
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt on Life Magazine Stills
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at some photographs from Life magazine.
Sept. 27, 2004
Essayist Clarence Page talks about the ramifications of using the term "acting white" and about taking personal responsibility.
Sept. 14, 2004
Living with Hurricanes
As the Southeast prepares for a hurricane for the third time in fewer than five weeks, essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers the trials of living with this weather.
Sept. 6, 2004
Richard Rodriquez Talks About His Surgery
Essayist Richard Rodriguez talks about having surgery and becoming part of another America.
Aug. 23, 2004
Essay: Who Dunnit?
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt suggests that Americans like to loose themselves in detective novels because it romanticizes these characters' quest for justice.
Aug. 6, 2004
Essay: Stages of LIfe
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers how people live in the present and the past at the same time.
July 12, 2004
Clarence Page argues the mere act of judgment is regarded as hatred in modern-day street lingo. Page then asks, if anyone who offers a critique of another now can be called full-blown hater, is there any language left to identify the true bigots?
July 6, 2004
Essay: Secular Nation
Essayist Richard Rodriguez argues that some American politicians and religious leaders have successfully shortened the separation between the political assembly and the pulpit and allowed America to see itself as the Judeo-Christian nation against which Osama bin Laden said he is fighting a religious war.
June 29, 2004
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt reflects on the release of photographs of inmate abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and says that seeing is not always the only element in believing.
June 18, 2004
Essay: A Time for Heroes
As Father's Day approaches, essayist Anne Taylor Fleming says modern male heroes are not only the ones who fulfill the traditional stereotype of muscled masculinity.
May 31, 2004
Moment of Silence
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming reflects on celebrating Memorial Day in a time of war.
May 21, 2004
Essay: After All These Years
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming reflects on how she and other women of the baby-boomer generation are learning from their parents about how to approach a less lonesome model for facing age in their senior years.
May 14, 2004
Essay: Spalding Gray Alone on Stage
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt remembers monologist Spalding Gray, who pioneered the one-man act, but who -- even while exposing himself to others -- remained alone on stage.
May 11, 2004
Essay: With All Deliberate Speed
Essayist Clarence Page reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision on desegregation, but he insists modern-day African-Americans have only as much integration as they can afford.
May 3, 2004
Mind Over Matter
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt explains that the disabled are often viewed as the "other," but in the modern era of war and terrorism, one's life can be easily transformed to become one of them.
April 27, 2004
Essay: Connecting the Dots
Essayist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune looks for some dots to connect.
April 22, 2004
Essay: Military Families
Guest essayist Frank Schaeffer, whose latest book is "Faith of Our Sons: A Father's Wartime Diary" offers some thoughts about those who send troops to war.
April 19, 2004
Essay: Matters of Fact
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt considers truth and movie-making.
April 6, 2004
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt celebrates the spring, when the Pulitzer Prizes and Poets & Writers magazine praise the craft of writers. Rosenblatt says this recognition comes as a welcome relief in a world where "the people, practices and institutions that conspire against the writing life are so plentiful."
March 26, 2004
Essay: Having It All
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt explains that nothing succeeds like excess when it comes to satisfying the appetites of television viewers for reality programs like Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."
March 11, 2004
Essay: Imagine That
NewsHour essayist Roger Rosenblatt wonders what to make of Mars.
March 10, 2004
Essay: Hard to Change
Essayist Roger Mudd proposes a new constitutional amendment.
March 8, 2004
Essay: American Family
NewsHour essayist Richard Rodriguez offers some thoughts about gay marriage.
Feb. 26, 2004
As Americans prepare for the Oscars on Sunday, essayist Richard Rodriguez shares his thoughts about life, death, memory and Hollywood.
Feb. 10, 2004
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming considers the grocery workers strike in Southern California.
Feb. 9, 2004
Fab Four + 40
Essayist Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune looks back at the English invasion of the Beatles, 40 years after the Fab Four came to America.
Jan. 30, 2004
Dawn's Early Light
Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on how the influx of Mexican and Central American workers is changing the way Americans think of themselves.
Jan. 23, 2004
Essayist Roger Mudd looks at how the presidential State of the Union address has evolved from the modest written document that it was in the 19th century to the spectacle of political showmanship that it has become for presidents in the age of mass media.
Jan. 13, 2004
Season of Friends
The successful TV sitcom "Friends" is coming to an end this season, but essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at how the human theme of friendship is only becoming stronger.
Jan. 12, 2004
How Do They Live With Themselves
Essayist Roger Rosenblatt looks at a new documentary, "Fog of War."
Jan. 7, 2004
Pages of History
Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming visits a traveling history exhibit.