A loose young woman in Nazi-era Berlin. A titanic failure of courage on the Titanic. A Supreme Court justice with a thing for hot blondes. An American president's scandalous love child. Book authors answered questions about these earthy topics and many more – from sandwiches to Shakespeare – during Monitor interviews with me this year. Here's a baker's dozen of the memorable things that these authors had to say. Click on the links to read the full interviews.
The US government says Bradley Manning carried out a cyberattack from the inside, stealing thousands of secret US intelligence documents. Nearly half of US companies deal with similar cyberattacks each year, data suggest.
The glitz of PNG Idol is putting a spotlight on the growing rich-poor divide in the country, which has seen a resource boom.
'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked' has a trailer that shows kids will like the movie, if not some adults
Army Pvt. Bradley Manning is charged with providing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. As his military court case begins, his lawyer will try to show that the Army ignored problems with an erratic young soldier.
Rick Perry's campaign ad 'Strong' – which goes after gays in the military, the 'war on Christmas,' and the ban on prayer in schools in one fell swoop – has 646,000 'dislikes' on YouTube.
Kanye West got seven Grammy nominations, Adele six, Bruno Mars six, and the Foo Fighters also received six nominations. How many Grammy Awards will Kanye West take home in February?
In July I drove 1,800 miles with only the radio to keep me company. What struck me were the overarching themes of female empowerment sung over the airwaves. Pop music is singing a new tune. Are girls taking the message to heart?