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Thursday, November 18, 2010

We’ll look at the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. Then, Latvian opera superstar Elina Garanca talks about her critically acclaimed and quite incredible performance of “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera. Also Paul Auster discusses his latest novel Sunset Park. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly looks at why it’s taken nearly a decade to demolish the Deutsche Bank building, which was damaged on 9/11. And our latest Backstory segments are all about Viktor Bout and the Deutsche Bank building.

Liberal Champion Justice William Brennan

Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel talk about the influential Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, champion of free speech and public access to information. Justice Brennan granted Wermiel access to a trove of personal and court materials, and Wermiel also conducted more than 60 hours of interviews with Brennan over the course of six years. Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion makes Brennan’s case histories public for the first time, as well as records of the strategizing behind all the major battles of the past half century, including: Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy.

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Opera Star Elina Garanca

Latvian opera superstar Elina Garanca discusses her career and her performances in “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera. She debuted in “Carmen” to spectacular reviews last year. Her new CD of gypsy-inspired music is titled “Habanera.” She's performing at the Met November 20, 24, 30 at 8:00 pm; November 27 at 1:00 pm; and December 4 at 8:30 pm.

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Paul Auster on Sunset Park

Paul Auster talks about his latest novel, Sunset Park, which follows the hopes and fears of a cast of characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

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Backstory: Viktor Bout

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was arraigned yesterday in a New York court on terrorism charges. On today’s Backstory, Stephen Braun, National Security Editor with the Associated Press and co-author of the book Merchant of Death, explains how Bout has shipped goods for everyone from the Taliban to the United Nations. Plus, we’ll find out why the United States wanted to prosecute him and why the Russian government has protested his extradition from Thailand, where he was arrested in 2008.

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Backstory: 130 Liberty Street

Ten years after 9/11, workers are still dismantling the Deutsche Bank building, which was damaged after the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly discusses why it has taken so long to take it down and why it has cost $400 million (and counting).

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