What happened on June 15, 2003
The Erosion of Civilization Jared Diamond, Jared Diamond is a professor of geography and environmental health sciences at UCLA. His book "Guns, Germs, and Steel: the Fates of Human Societies" won a 1998 Pulitzer Prize.
A Nation Saturated With Misery Cynthia Scharf, Cynthia Scharf, who formerly worked as a researcher in The Times' Moscow Bureau, is a London-based writer on international affairs. She recently returned from Congo.
Leap From Animals to Humans Wendy Orent, Wendy Orent writes frequently about infectious disease and is coauthor of the forthcoming book "Biowarrior: Inside the Soviet/Russian Biological War Machine."
'Road Map' Flaws Exposed Shibley Telhami, Shibley Telhami is Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. He is author of "The Stakes: America and the Middle East."
Shakier Fingers on the Nuclear Buttons Rajan Menon, Rajan Menon, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a professor of international relations at Lehigh University.
Old-Time Dads May Be Just a Memory Anne S. Lombard, Anne S. Lombard is an assistant professor of history at California State University at San Marcos.
Wholesale Reform Needed for Community Colleges Phillip Knypstra, Orange resident Phillip Knypstra, a retired El Camino College administrator, taught business classes for 31 years.
Give Iran an Alternative to Nukes Flynt Leverett, Flynt Leverett, a visiting fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, was senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council from February 2002 to March 2003.
Life's a Breach Jennifer Price, Jennifer Price is a writer and a research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.
Scrutiny for L.A.'s Own Secret Police Joe Domanick, Joe Domanick, a senior fellow at USC's Annenberg School Institute for Justice and Journalism, is author of "To Protect and To Serve," a book on the history of the Los Angeles Police Department.
No Letup in Search for 'the 4th Man' Milt Bearden, Milt Bearden, a former senior CIA official, is the co-author, with James Risen, of "The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown With the KGB."
Let the I's Have It Andrew Lam, Andrew Lam is a writer and an editor for Pacific News Service.
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The man who stopped time Michael Frank, Michael Frank is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Prime suspects Ben Yandell, Ben Yandell is the author of "The Honors Class: Hilbert's Problems and Their Solvers."
Urban casualties Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Reality show in novel form Peter Lefcourt, Peter Lefcourt is the author of, most recently, the novel "Eleven Karens." He also writes and produces for film and television.
The decoding of success D.T. Max, D.T. Max is a contributing editor to the Paris Review and is working on a book about prion diseases, of which "mad cow" is the best known.
A headstone for mass graves Russell Jacoby, Russell Jacoby is the author of "The End of Utopia" and "The Last Intellectuals." He teaches history at UCLA.
Someone out there is watching Hal Foster, Hal Foster is the author of "Design and Crime (and Other Diatribes)" and is Townsend Martin professor of art and archeology at Princeton University.
The binding energy of human love Wendy Smith, Wendy Smith wrote "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940."
That '50s family scene in movie land Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is author of the upcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
A spirit preserved in 'Amber' John Rechy, John Rechy is the author of numerous novels, including "The Life and Adventures of Lyle Clemens," which will be published this fall.