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Monday, December 13, 2010

Jonathan Bloom talks about America’s propensity to waste food. Then, pianist Leon Fleisher talks about his career and passion for music. Also, journalist Rula Jebreal talks about her novel Miral. Plus, Jonathan Schneer discusses the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which laid the groundwork for the modern state of Israel.

American Wasteland

Jonathan Bloom discusses our culture of excess and looks at our history and habit of wasting food. In American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It), Bloom writes about working at grocery stores, a fast food chain, and at a food recovery group, and speaks with experts to discover why and how we waste, and what we can do to change our ways.

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Leon Fleisher's Nine Lives

Pianist Leon Fleisher talks about his remarkable career in music and the mysterious paralysis of two of his fingers on his right hand. In My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music, written with celebrated music critic Anne Midgette, he writes of his condition, the search for a cure, and his love of music.

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Rula Jebreal on Her Novel, Miral

Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal discusses her novel, Miral . The story focuses on women living in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine.

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The Balfour Declaration

Historian Jonathan Schneer tells the story of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which committed Britain to supporting the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict looks at the history of the declaration and how its reverberations continue to be felt.

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