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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The New York Times says that the Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” has a “heart as pure as a Rodgers and Hammerstein show.” On today’s show we’re joined by its two stars: Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells. We’ll look into the complex world of FBI confidential informants. Daniel Orozco talks about Orientation, his collection of short fiction. On our latest Backstory segment, we’ll discuss the Wikileaks Guantanamo documents with Carol Rosenberg of the Miami Herald. Plus, we’ll look at how evangelical Christians are trying to increase international adoptions.

Informants and the FBI

New Yorker contributor Evan Ratliff tells about the role of confidential informants in the FBI. His article “The Mark” is in the May 2 issue of the New Yorker.

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"The Book of Mormon" on Broadway

Josh Gad, who stars as Elder Cunningham, and Andrew Rannells, who stars as Elder Price, talk about “The Book of Mormon.” Written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (the creators of “South Park”) and Robert Lopez (the composer and co-creator of “Avenue Q”), the play follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. “The Book of Mormon” is playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre.

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Daniel Orozco's Short Stories

Daniel Orozco discusses his collection of short fiction, Orientation: And Other Stories, which will be published in June. It tells tales of the secret lives and moral philosophies of bridge painters, men housebound by obesity, office temps, and warehouse workers.

Backstory: More Questions from the Guantanamo Papers

The release this week of government files on detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay have given us an unprecedented glimpse into the camp and the people who have been held there. The Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg looks at what they do and don’t tell us about the Guantanamo system.

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Underreported: The Evangelical Adoption Movement

On today’s Underreported segment, The Nation’s Kathryn Joyce explains how evangelical Christians are trying to increase the number of international adoptions.

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Guest Picks: Josh Gad

"The Book of Mormon" star Josh Gad is a fan of all things Disney! Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Andrew Rannells

Broadway star Andrew Rannells stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role in "The Book of Mormon," and shared some of what he's been reading and listening to lately with us!

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