What happened on May 18, 2003
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Going Native Susan Heeger, Susan Heeger is a frequent contributor to the magazine.
A restless intelligence Merle Rubin, Merle Rubin is a contributing writer to Book Review.
We know not why Michael Shermer, Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and the author of "In Darwin's Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace."
It's a world of hurt Eugen Weber, Eugen Weber is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Strong on success, weak in character Robert W. Cort, Robert W. Cort is a producer whose films include "Three Men and a Baby," "Mr. Holland's Opus," "Jumanji" and the forthcoming "Against the Ropes." His novel "Action!" will be published this summer.
The hard-eyed witness Blanche Wiesen Cook, Blanche Wiesen Cook is the author of "Eleanor Roosevelt: Volumes 1 & 2" and "The Declassified Eisenhower." She is university distinguished professor at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
A look through the keyhole Ronald Brownstein, Ronald Brownstein is a Times political writer in Washington, D.C.
A rough road to sobriety Jeff Turrentine, Jeff Turrentine is an essayist and critic whose work has appeared in Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Digest and Slate.com.
Redeemed Yankees Anthony Day, Anthony Day is a contributing writer to Book Review.
Tea ceremony meets railroad Peter Nosco, Peter Nosco is a professor of Japanese culture and history at USC.
Don't tread on the NRA Thom Powers, Thom Powers is the director of the documentary "Guns & Mothers," airing on PBS' Independent Lens this month, and is the author of a forthcoming history of American documentary filmmaking, "Stranger Than Fiction."
A California we'd forgotten Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch, a contributing writer to Book Review, is the author of the forthcoming "God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism."
Cuban rhythms Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.
New Era, Same Old Fight for Female Athletes Billie Jean King, Billie Jean King, who holds a record 20 Wimbledon titles, is a former No. 1 tennis player. She is co-founder of World TeamTennis, a coed professional league.
Our Streets Tell Us What Was and What Will Be Steven B. Frates, Steven B. Frates is a fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College.
Truce or Consequences M.J. Rosenberg, M.J. Rosenberg is director of policy analysis for Israel Policy Forum and a longtime Capitol Hill staffer.
Truth or Consequences Robert Satloff, Robert Satloff is director of policy and strategic planning at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The Saudi House of Cards Said K. Aburish, Said K. Aburish is the author of "Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge" and "The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud."
Postwar Chaos: Bush's Undoing? Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips is the author, most recently, of "Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich."
It Could Happen Here Laila Al-Marayati, Laila Al-Marayati is a physician and spokeswoman for the Muslim Women's League based in Los Angeles.
Dining at the Ethnicity Cafeteria Gregory Rodriguez, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at New America Foundation.
Math and Art Without the Filters Barry Mazur, Barry Mazur is author of "Imagining Numbers: Particularly the Square Root of Minus Fifteen" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003).
Is Kashmir Ready for a Farewell to Arms? Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pervez Hoodbhoy is professor of high-energy physics at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.
Iran Rules the Airwaves A. William Samii, A. William Samii is coordinator of Southwest Asia analysis at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, a broadcast operation funded by the U.S. government.