10 Questions for Jane Pauley

After getting up early (for the Today Show) and starring in Prime Time (on Dateline NBC), Jane Pauley, 53, will venture next week into a new time period, as host of a daytime syndicated talk show. The mother of three (and wife of Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau) has also written a book, Skywriting, in which she reveals her bipolar disorder. She talked with TIME's Michele Orecklin.

DOESN'T IT SEEM LATELY THAT TALK-SHOW HOST HAS PASSED DIRECTOR AS EVERYONE'S FANTASY JOB?

I, for one, never aspired to be a talk-show host. When the idea of the show came up, I...