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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On today’s show: Senior New York Times financial writer Diana Henriques talks about Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme and its lasting impact on our trust in the financial industry. Then we’ll take a look at the world of women’s boxing! Scandanavian writer Carsten Jensen discusses his latest novel We, the Drowned. And Andrew Kessler tells us what he learned in his three months working on the Phoenix Mars Mission.

Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

Diana Henriques, New York Times senior financial writer who’s covered the Madoff scandal since the story broke, gives a full account of Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme—from his Wall Street rise to the personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by his downfall—and looks at the lessons this scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street. The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust draws on unprecedented access and more than 100 interviews with people at all levels and on all sides of the crime, including Madoff's first interviews for publication since his arrest.

The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

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Inside Women's Boxing

Mischa Merz talks about her memoir, The Sweetest Thing: Inside the World of Women’s Boxing. She began training as an amateur boxer in 1995 and is the 2001 Australian Amateur Boxing League women's welterweight champion. Merz tells us about the world of women’s boxing.

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Novelist Carsten Jensen

Carsten Jensen, one of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed storytellers, talks about his novel, We, the Drowned. The story spans four generations, two world wars, and 100 years, from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania to the frozen coasts of northern Russia. It's a humorous, thrilling tale of fathers and sons, the women they love and leave behind, and the sea.


Martian Summer

Andrew Kessler discusses spending three months in mission control with 130 top scientists and engineers as they explored Mars in 2008. Kessler was the first outsider ever granted unfettered access, and his Mission-to-Mars exclusive Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission is his dramatic account of space exploration, battling NASA politics, temperamental robots, and the bizarre world of daily life in mission control.

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