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Friday, April 15, 2011

On today’s show: Joel Brinkley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the fall of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in 1978, tells us what he found when he returned to the country three decades later. Philip Kerr discusses his noir thriller about an anti-Nazi P.I. hiding in Cuba, Field Gray. We’ll speak with two winners of this year’s “Women of Discovery” awards. Plus, Please Explain is all about hormone replacement therapy.

Cambodia’s Curse

Veteran New York Times reporter Joel Brinkley, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Cambodia on the fall of the Khmer Rouge discusses how that country is still haunted by its years of terror. In Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, he looks at the results of efforts to pull the small nation out of the mire by making Cambodia a United Nations protectorate in 1992, and looks at the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.

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Philip Kerr on Field Gray

Novelist Philip Kerr talks about his noir thriller Field Gray. The novel is set in Europe over three decades—from Berlin in 1931 to Adenauer's Germany in 1954— which has become a place awash in duplicitous "allies" constantly undermining one another, and follows the sardonic, tough-talking Bernie Gunther.

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Women of Discovery

Anna Cummins, a marine conservationist who has studied the impact of plastic refuse on marine life and coastal communities, and Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a specialist in gorilla conservation and public health, talk about their work in their fields and about women in science. They’re all being honored with Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Awards.


Please Explain: Hormone Replacement Therapy

The hormones estrogen and progestin have been prescribed to women to relieve symptoms of menopause. Studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of cancer, but earlier this month, a new study showed that among some women, it can reduce the risk of breast cancer and heart attack. The conflicting information has left many women confused. Dr. Andrea LaCroix, Professor of Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and Dr. Rowan T. Chlebowski, Professor and Chief, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology/Hematology, talk about the safety and effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy and try to clarify some of the confusion.  

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