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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

We’ll speak to the producer of a new Frontline documentary about the 4,500 or so Haitian prisoners who escaped during last year’s earthquake. Then, Mira Bartók tells the dramatic story of her troubled relationship with her mentally ill mother. Also, director Richard J. Lewis and actress Rosamund Pike discuss their new film,"Barney’s Version," which is based on a Mordecai Richler novel. Plus, we’ll get the inside story on the relationship between Wikileaks and the British newspaper The Guardian.

Frontline's "Battle for Haiti"

Dan Reed, producer of the Frontline documentary “Battle for Haiti” talks about the more than 4,000 prisoners who escaped from the National Penitentiary during last year’s earthquake, the struggling police effort to recapture them, life in the tent cities where they hide, and the politicians who rely on them to get elected. “Battle for Haiti” airs January 11, at 9 pm, on PBS.

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Mira Bartók on Her Memoir The Memory Palace

Mira Bartók discusses her complicated and difficult relationship with her mentally ill mother. Her memoir The Memory Palace tells the story of her schizophrenic mother’s descent into madness, the rift it caused in her family, and her and her sister’s eventual reconciliation with her mother.

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"Barney's Version"

Director Richard J. Lewis and actress Rosamund Pike discuss the new film “Barney’s Version.” The film tells the story of Barney Panofsky, who leads a politically incorrect life and who meets the love of his life at his wedding—but she's not the bride. The film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through Barney's unusual history and his three marriages. “Barney’s Version” opens in New York January 14 at Union Square and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Spilling Secrets: Wikileaks and The Guardian

Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison talks about the troubled relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks. Her article “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” gives an account of the five months of stops and starts and all the machinations with Julian Assange and his lawyers at The Guardian’s London offices, which led to the publication of WikiLeaks’ cache of diplomatic cables on November 29. “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” appears in the February issue of Vanity Fair.

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Web Extras: Haiti, One Year Later

On today’s show, Leonard spoke to Dan Reed, the producer of the Frontline documentary “Battle for Haiti”, about the more than 4,000 prisoners who escaped from the National Penitentiary during last year’s earthquake and the repercussions of this jailbreak.

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of last year’s 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Below, you can find links to our coverage of the quake and the rebuilding efforts over the past year - an interesting timeline of a natural disaster and its repercussions. We’ve also included some of our coverage of Haiti before the earthquake: a saddening reminder that Haiti’s troubles go back further than just last year.

We’d love to know what coverage you found really meaningful—and what we should be keeping an eye on in the future. Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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