A Tangled Web

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

We’ll look at efforts to smuggle digital technologies like cell phones into North Korea to establish communication with the outside world. David Monagan discusses his experiences as an American in Ireland over the last decade, and what the future might hold now that the Irish economic bubble has burst. Mystery novelist Ian Rankin talks about ending his long-running series featuring detective John Rebus, and his new novel, The Complaints. Plus, our latest Underreported segment looks at the political and humanitarian crisis in Cote D’Ivoire and Backstory discovers the rise of secret facilities within federal prisons that house people with alleged ties to terrorism.

North Korea’s Digital Underground

Atlantic correspondent Robert S. Boynton looks at the citizen-journalists inside North Korea who, aided by a half-dozen outside media organizations, are able to smuggle facts into and out of the country, risking mprisonment and even execution to do so. His article, “North Korea’s Digital Underground,” examines this dangerous—and increasingly successful—operation. It appears in the April issue of the The Atlantic.

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Ireland Unhinged

Author David Monagan tells why he moved his family from Connecticut to Cork, Ireland, in 2000. He looks at the changes the economic boon has wreaked on the Irish countryside and what the future holds for the country now that the bubble has finally burst. In Ireland Unhinged, he gives an often funny account of his transplanted American family’s experiences in Ireland during the past boom-to-bust decade.


Ian Rankin on The Complaints

Mystery novelist Ian Rankin talks about wrapping up his popular, long-running series featuring the detective John Rebus. His latest novel, The Complaints, his first without Rebus in more than a decade, introduces Malcolm Fox, an inspector in the Complaints division—the cops who investigate other cops.


Backstory: Communications Management Units in Federal Prisons

In 2006, the Bush Administration opened what are known as Communications Management Units, aimed at isolating inmates thought to have links to terrorist-related activity. Reporter and former Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Attorney Alia Malik describes these facilities, who's being kept under the restrictive conditions there, and why critics question their constitutionality.


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Underreported: Crisis in Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire has been rocked by a political and humanitarian crisis following the disputed presidential election in November. Adam Nossiter, New York Times West Africa Bureau Chief, and Renzo Fricke, an Emergency Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, talk about the turmoil there.

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Guest Picks: Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin tells us what he's been listening to and reading lately after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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