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Thursday, April 14, 2011

On today’s show: Tina Fey talks about her memoir Bossypants, her hit TV show “30 Rock,” and why she was reluctant at first to play Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live” during the 2008 campaign. Slate’s former culture editor Meghan O’Rourke discusses coming to terms with the death of her mother. We’ll look at the legacy of the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust who fled to Argentina after the war. Underreported is about the Chiquita Brand’s use of narco-trafficking Colombian guerrilla groups to guard its bananas.

Tina Fey and Her Bossypants

Tina Fey talks about her career in comedy and her life before Liz Lemon, "Weekend Update," and Sarah Palin. Her book Bossypants is an account of her journey from nerd to "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," and includes stories about her father, her halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty, motherhood, and her nearly fatal honeymoon.

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Meghan O’Rourke's The Long Goodbye

Meghan O’Rourke discusses how unprepared she was for the intensity of sorrow she felt after her mother’s death, and looks at what it means to mourn today, in a culture that rarely acknowledges grief. The Long Goodbye is a record of her interior life as a mourner, an attempt to capture the monumental agony and microscopic intimacies of grief. It looks at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond, and show how her family persevered even in the face of immeasurable loss.

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The Eichmann Trial

Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, talks about the capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960, and how his subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified the world and sparked a public debate on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice. The Eichmann Trial gives an overview of the trial and analyzes the dramatic effect that the survivors’ courtroom testimony had on the world.

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Underreported: The Chiquita Papers

It has long been known that Chiquita Brands International made controversial payments to violent guerilla and paramilitary groups in Columbia in the 1990s and 2000s. The company was fined $25 million dollars in a 2007 plea-agreement for making payments to AUC, which was designated as a terrorist group by the US State Department in 2001. Michael Evans, chief researcher on Colombia at the National Security Archive, explains that a newly released trove of internal Chiquita memos obtained by the National Security Archive suggest that, contrary to company claims that the money was extorted, the payments often resulted in direct benefits for the banana giant.

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Underreported: The Acquittal of Luis Posada Carriles

Eighty-three-year-old Luis Posada Carriles is a former CIA operative. He has been connected to the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the funneling of U.S. money to the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s, a series of attacks on Havana hotels in 1997, and the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. Posada was acquitted this month of charges that he lied to U.S. immigration officials when he entered the country in 2005. Jefferson Morley, a former editor at The Washington Post and the author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA, looks at Posada's background and his recent acquittal.

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Tina Fey

Guest Picks: Tina Fey

Tina Fey told us what she has been reading and listening to lately. Curious what she said? Read more to find out!

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Movies and Mariachi in The Greene Space

Listen to El Mariachi Infante perform!

Last night in the Greene Space, Leonard spoke with award-winning journalist Jon Alpert and four young filmmakers from Downtown Community Television Center, who also screened excerpts from documentaries they made in the DCTV's youth media training program. And El Mariachi Infante, a mariachi band featured in one of the films, performed.

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