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Monday, April 11, 2011

Rachel Lloyd talks about her efforts to mentor, educate, and help teen girls who’ve worked in the sex-industry. Peter Cole and Adina Hoffman discuss a cache of Jewish manuscripts spanning 900 years that were almost lost forever. Francisco Goldman talks about his new novel Say Her Name. Plus technology reporter Steven Levy looks at Google’s rise, its success, and the challenges it faces.

The Leonard Lopate Show is live in the Greene Space this Wednesday, April 13, at 7 pm! Filmmaker Jon Alpert and four young filmmakers will talk about making documentaries and will screen excerpts from their work. Find out more and get tickets here!

Girls Like Us

Rachel Lloyd talks about founding the nonprofit organization GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), which helps teenage girls who’ve worked in the sex industry, and talks about her mission to help sexually exploited girls. In her memoir Girls Like Us she reveals the dark parts of her own past and explains the factors—including addiction, abuse, and poverty—that make young women vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza

MacArthur-winning poet and translator Peter Cole and essayist Adina Hoffman describe the discovery of the most vital cache of Jewish manuscripts—called “the Living Sea Scrolls”—in an Egyptian repository. Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza tells of the people who brought this treasure to light, and explores the medieval documents themselves—letters and poems, wills and marriage contracts, Bibles, money orders, fiery dissenting tracts, fashion-conscious trousseaux lists, prescriptions, petitions, and mysterious magical charms that present a view of 900 years of Mediterranean Judaism.

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Francisco Goldman on Say Her Name

Novelist Francisco Goldman talks about his new novel, Say Her Name, a chronicle of his great love and unspeakable loss, tracking the stages of grief when pure love gives way to bottomless pain. A month before his second wedding anniversary, Goldman’s wife, Aura, broke her neck while body surfing during a beach holiday in Mexico. Nearly overcome with grief, he collected everything he could about his wife to keep her alive with every memory, and this novel is the result.

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Inside the Googleplex

Technology reporter Steven Levy discusses how Google has managed to become one of the most admired and successful companies in history and an indispensable part of our lives. He was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives, he takes readers inside Google headquarters—the Googleplex—to show how Google works, the keys to its success, its missteps in China, and how new efforts in social networking have Google chasing a successful competitor for the first time.

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Sidney Lumet, Dead at 86

Sidney Lumet once wrote, “While the goal of all movies is to entertain, the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further.  It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience.  It stimulates thought and sets the mental juices flowing.”  This is something the filmmaker did from his very first movie, “12 Angry Men” in 1957, through “Serpico,” and “Dog Day Afternoon” to “The Verdict.”  Sidney Lumet died at the age of 86 from lymphoma.  You can hear his last interview with Leonard from 2007 when he was joined by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke for “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”

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