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Friday, February 11, 2011

Tarek Osman gives us an update from Cairo on the reaction to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepping down. The documentary series "Brick City" examines all aspects of life in Newark, New Jersey. We’ll talk to the show’s creators and a former gang member profiled in the series, as well as his lawyer. Then, Humphrey Bogart’s biographer discusses the enduring appeal of the iconic tough-guy actor. Patty Culhane, Al Jazeera English's Washington Correspondent, talks about the mood in Washington and President Obama's reaction. Also, Liz Canner talks about her new documentary "Orgasm Inc.," about the pharmaceurical industry’s attempts to come up with a female equivalent of Viagra. Plus, David Sanger, New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent, joins us to discuss what he expects President Obama to say in reaction to events in Egypt. 

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak Steps Down

Last night, President Hosni Mubarak spoke on Egyptian state television to say that he is not stepping down. Today, there are large crowds in Tahrir Square and across Egypt. Tarek Osman, author of Egypt on the Brink: From Nasser to Mubarak, joins us from Cairo to give us an update and describes how the role of the military has changed in the last few days.

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Brick City

Filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, creators of the docu-series “Brick City,” about Newark, New Jersey, talk about the series. They’re joined by inactive gang member Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris, who in Season 2 is struggling with an attempted murder charge that will force him to choose between a plea deal that would send him to prison for six years or a trial that could result in a much longer sentence, and his defense attorney, Brooke Barnett. "Brick City" airs Sundays at 8 pm on the Sundance Channel.

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The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart

Stefan Kanfer discusses what made Humphrey Bogart so compelling. His biography, Tough without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart, looks at Bogart’s private life and some of his greatest film performances—in The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The African Queen, among others.

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Washington's Reaction to President Mubarak's Stepping Down

President Obama is expected to speak this afternoon about Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepping down today. Patty Culhane, Washington Correspondent for Al Jazeera English joins us to talk about the White House response to events.

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"Orgasm Inc."

Liz Canner talks about her documentary, "Orgasm Inc.," which explores the science of female pleasure, and reveals the ways the pharmaceutical and medical industries might be trying to take advantage of women in pursuit of profit in their search for a female Viagra. "Orgasm, Inc." opens at the Quad Cinema on February 11.

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David Sanger on President Obama's Reaction to Egypt

New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent, David E. Sanger, describes the reaction to President Hosni Mubarak stepping down and how U.S.-Egypt relations will be shaped in the futre.


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