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Thursday, May 05, 2011

The U.S. won't be releasing pictures of Osama bin Laden's body.  Plus, second thoughts on the memory industry; the formation of a Palestinian Unity government and the role of Israel and Egypt; the concept of loyalty; and poet Tara Betts.

Open Phones: Do You Want to See the Bin Laden Photos?

President Obama has decided against releasing the photographs of Osama bin Laden's body. Do you agree with the decision? Why, or why not? Let us know.

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The Memory Industry

Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU,  Ian Buruma, frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and the Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard, and Kanan Makiya, professor of Middle East studies at Brandeis University, take a critical look at our urge to commemorate.  All three will participate in the all-day symposium "Second Thoughts on the Memory Industry" Saturday, May 7th at NYU.

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Palestinian Unity Government

Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute, discuss the formation of a Palestinian Unity government and the implications for Israel and Palestine, as well as the role Egypt played in brokering the deal.

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Loyal to a Fault

Eric Felten, author of Loyalty: The Vexing Virtueexplores the concept of loyalty and when it crosses the line from virtue to vice or from patriotism to jingoism.

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Poetry Month: Tara Betts

Listener nominated poet Tara Betts and lecturer in the creative writing department at Rutgers University, in the fourth and final installment of our Poetry Month segment, talks about her poetry and her work with young poets.

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