November 19, 2001

Melani McAlister explores the influences on the relationship between the United States and the Middle East with Todd. Her study of the media and politics involved in this interaction have led her to conclude that our approach to foriegn policy fails to incorporate the culture and complex religious and economic issues surrounding the region. She argues that the media's portrayal of the people of the Middle East is most often a misrepresentation that continually promotes negative stereotypes. Her book is "Epic Encounters: Culture, Media and U.S. Interests in the Middle East, 1945-2000".

The Library of Congress has established a website collecting Internet pages related to the recent terrorist attacks. Diane Kresh, director of the Library of Congress' public service collections, talks with Todd about how the site came about, and what this archive seeks to preserve. The web address is

From the manic character of Major Nelson to the ruthless J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman's acting career has spanned nearly 50 years and garnered him both love and hate from millions of television viewers. Todd talks with Larry about the enduring infamy of his television roles, as well as the personal obstacles he has struggled to overcome. His book is "Hello Darlin', Tall (and Absolutely True) Tales of My Life".