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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Journalist Maziar Bahari discusses the three months he spent in Iran’s most notorious prison following the country’s contested 2009 election. Then, we’ll hear the story of Clark Rockefeller, a con man who convincingly passed himself off as a member of the Rockefeller family for over 30 years. Ann Patchett talks about her new novel State of Wonder, which is being compared to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. We’ll find out about the experiences of foreign workers working on American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Plus, Bob Graham, the former Senator from Florida, talks about his second career as a thriller writer.

Maziar Bahari on His Imprisonment in Iran

Maziar Bahari tells what happened when he was arrested and held at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison while he was in Iran covering the presidential election in 2009. In Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival, he gives an account of contemporary Iran, sheds light on the past 70 years of regime change there, and tells of his family’s courage in the face of repression.

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Mark Seal tells the story of Clark Rockefeller, a stranger-than-fiction tale of a con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter looks at the man behind the lie, and how, over 30 years, he boldly assumed a series of false identities, moved up the social ladder on both coasts, and married a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed he was a Rockefeller. When his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, his past of astounding deceptions was exposed.

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Ann Patchett's New Novel, State of Wonder

Ann Patchett talks about her new novel, State of Wonder, set deep in the Amazon jungle. It tells the story of Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist who is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on a possibly very valuable new drug.

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The Invisible Army

Sarah Stillman discusses the recruitment and treatment of foreigners working as support staff on American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her article "The Invisible Army" appears in the June 6, 2011, issue of The New Yorker.

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Senator Bob Graham on Keys to the Kingdom

Senator Bob Graham, former two-term Governor of Florida who served eighteen years in the United States Senate, talks about his career in politics and his new novel, Keys to the Kingdom, a political thriller about a former Senator and co-chair of the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry Commission who is murdered near his Florida home. Enter Tony Ramos, ex-Special Forces operative and currently a State Department intelligence analyst, who investigates his murder and uncovers a shocking international conspiracy linking the Saudi Kingdom to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.

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