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Can America Win the War, or the Peace, in Afghanistan?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Acclaimed war correspondent Jack Fairweather discusses America's failures in Afghanistan. In Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life, Hermione Lee traces Penelope Fitzgerald’s complicated life and late writing career. Rabih Alameddine’s new novel is a portrait of one reclusive woman’s late-life crisis. Paige Williams investigates how judges in Alabama impose the death penalty on murderers, even when the jury votes against the death penalty. 

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The Good War that Went Bad: Why America Won't Win the War or Peace in Afghanistan

Monday, November 17, 2014

The American led war in Afghanistan was known as "the good war," and at the start, it appeared to be a triumph, especially compared to the war in Iraq. Yet there have been mounting casualties and escalating costs, a corrupt government, rampant bribery and instability. The outcomes of the war will be based on the realities on the ground in Afghanistan, not the goals of American politicians, argues Jack Fairweather in his new book The Good War: Why We Couldn’t Win the War or the Peace in Afghanistan. The book is the first full narrative history of the war in Afghanistan, from its inception after 9/11 to the drawdown in 2014. 

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Leonard Lopate Weekend: Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson & Controversial Cartoons

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week: cooking at home with chef Marcus Samuelsson (first). Then, author William Gibson talks about his new science-fiction novel The Peripheral (17:40). Plus, Danish journalist Flemming Rose talks about how his decision to print cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005 set off a global firestorm (32:46).

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Will The Internet Remain Accessible to All?

Friday, November 14, 2014

On November 10, President Obama posted a video and statement on the White House website, urging the FCC to protect Net Neutrality, which ensuring all internet traffic is treated equally  for everyone. The President stated that losing Net Neutrality could mean losing the internet as we know it. He asked the FCC to reclassify the internet a part of the communications law known as Title II, but FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is not sold on the idea. 

On this week's Please Explain, we discuss Net Neutrality, and how it affects everyone who uses the internet. Marvin Ammori is a lawyer who is best known for his work opposing SOPA and defending network neutrality. He is a 2014 Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation, has represented several companies and coalitions including Google, Dropbox, eBay, Automattic, Tumblr, Twitter, and others. He recently authored the book On Internet FreedomMichal Rosenn is Deputy General Counsel at Kickstarter, the leading funding platform for creative projects. She has served in that role since October 2012, advising the start-up on intellectual property, contractual, employment, corporate governance, and regulatory matters, among others.

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Uncovering The Truth: Nazis Protected by the U.S. Government, and the Complex Life of Nelson Rockefeller

Friday, November 14, 2014

Nazis in America. The life and political career of Nelson Rockefeller. “The Country House.” Net neutrality!
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Nelson Rockefeller: Iconic New York Governor, Face of Liberal Republicanism

Friday, November 14, 2014

A look at Nelson Rockefeller's improbable journey to the New York governor’s mansion, and how his personal life affected his political life.
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Longing to be Famous in 'The Country House'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tony and Emmy winner Blythe Danner and Eric Lange discuss their roles in “The Country House.”  The play is about a brood of famous and longing-to-be-famous creative artists gathered at their Berkshires summer house during the Williamstown Theatre Festival. When the weekend takes an unexpected turn, it incites simmering jealousies, romantic outbursts, and passionate soul-searching. “The Country House”  is playing at the Manhattan Theater Company’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre through November 23.

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How America Became a Safe Haven for Nazis after WWII

Friday, November 14, 2014

Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau tells how some Nazis received help and protection from the U.S. government—and were hired by the CIA, FBI, and the military.
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Sex and Radio

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Comparing WFMU to commercial radio is like comparing Nat Geo to People magazine. WFMU is weird. It's provocative. And the new film "Sex and Broadcasting" covers the fight to save it.
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Banding Together to Save Small Farms

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Co-directors Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale discuss their documentary “Grazers,” about t farmers in upstate New York who create a beef cooperative to hold on to their failing farms
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How the Soviets Changed Hockey

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gabe Polsky discusses his documentary "Red Army," along with New York Rangers legend Rod Gilbert and Doug Brown of the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings.
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How Athletes Have Gotten Faster, Higher, and Stronger

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We go behind the scenes with athletes, coaches, and scientists who are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and are redefining the limits of the human body.
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Looking Into the Private Lives of Public People

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, explains the art of writing revealing profiles of politicians and other notables.
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Powerful: Soviet Hockey, Superathletes, WFMU, 'Grazers'

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The rise and fall of Soviet hockey. How super-athletes are created. The art of the political profile. The documentaries “Sex and Broadcasting” and “Grazers.”
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Why Martin Amis Set a Love Story in Auschwitz

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

After 25 years of studying the Holocaust, Amis determined that it's futile to try and figure out why it happened. But understanding it, he says, is essential to our self-understanding.
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Václav Havel: Playwright Turned Political Dissident Turned President

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Michael Zantovsky, Havel’s former press secretary, advisor, and longtime friend, discusses the life and work of Havel, one of the most important figures of the 20th century.
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In the Recording Studio with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Glyn Johns talks about working as an engineer and a producer on some of the most iconic albums of the 20th century with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who and more.
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The Unplanned Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Historian Mary Elise Sarotte explains that the opening of the gates on the night of November 9, 1989, was an accident, and looks at the factors that contributed to it.
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Rising Up, Coming Down: Václav Havel, the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The fall of the Berlin Wall. Martin Amis's The Zone of Interest. Václav Havel. Producer Glyn Johns on working with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Eagles and more!
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Cooking at Home with Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The recipes he makes for family and friends in his home kitchen mix Ethiopian, Swedish, Mexican, Caribbean, Italian, and Southern soul.
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