Almost every day on our program, we end with a "Reporter's Notebook," on events or issues that aren't necessarily leading the news. Today, we present a collection of our favorite interviews from this year with the authors of remarkable books. We hear how Barack Obama's biographer learned more than the President knew about his own ancestry; why Exxon-Mobil's not really an American company — and how women came out of the secretarial pool into senior positions in the news industry. We also get a scathing account of America's fumbling efforts to transform Afghanistan — before and during our longest war. Plus, a conversation with Salman Rushdie about surviving a fatwa.
Our Favorite Author Interviews of 2012
From this Episode:
Salman Rushdie's Memoir
On September 18 of this year, we interviewed the novelist Salman Rushdie, whose memoir about living under a fatwa had just been published. Rushdie says the fatwa was based...
Lynn Povich on the Good Girls Revolt at Newsweek
In 1975, Lynn Povich became the first female senior editor of Newsweek magazine, where she started out as a secretary. But her rise from an entry-level position to senior...
David Maraniss on Obama
In June, we interviewed David Maraniss, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the Washington Post, also biographer of Bill Clinton . His latest is Barack Obama : the Story.
Steve Coll on ExxonMobil
Apple has challenged Exxon Mobil as the biggest American company, but Exxon Mobil deals with fuel for the energy that powers the world's economy — including Apple computers....