Shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Parvez Sharma began paying close attention to the national discussion around religion. And the gay Muslim filmmaker said he felt the need to come out of the closet ? as a practicing Muslim. Sharma has made a new documentary about the lives of other gay and lesbian Muslims.
The Dalai Lama has lived most of his life in exile outside his Tibet, which has been controlled by China since just after the communist revolution. He's become a kind of superstar in the West, not by lecturing on Buddhist enlightenment, but by preaching tolerance. The writer Pico Iyer has known the Dalai Lama for years, and tells Kurt about his new book about him called The Open Road.
As the state of Israel nears it 60th anniversary, Bernard Avishai wants to change the way we talk about Israel. His new book is called The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace At Last.