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Thursday, July 07, 2011

We’ll look into the still unsolved 1981 disappearance of Adam Walsh, and how his abduction and murder changed how law enforcement responds to missing child cases. Then, Eric Bogosian and Deb Singer discuss the tumultuous history of the experimental Soho performance space, The Kitchen. Ina Caro tells how you can travel through French history by train. Our Backstory segment looks at the future of the space program. And on Underreported, find out about the prospects of deep sea mining for rare earth minerals in the Pacific Ocean.

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America

Les Standiford and Detective Joe Matthews describe the 1981 abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh—unsolved for over 25 years—and how it changed America. Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, and no pedophile registry. Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction that Changed America reveals how this crime captured public attention and how its aftermath altered America and our ideas about childhood.

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The Kitchen's Soho Years

Deb Singer and Eric Bogosian discuss the 40th anniversary of The Kitchen, and the exhibition “View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85.” The show offers a unique perspective on the vibrant downtown New York arts scene of the 1970s and early 1980s and features audio, video, and print documentation from The Kitchen’s years in Soho, as well as single-channel videos and other artworks by Eric Bogosian, Laurie Anderson, Vito Acconci, John Cage, Bill T. Jones, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Carolee Schneeman, Bill Viola, and others. "View from a Volcano: The Kitchen's Soho Years, 1971-85" is on view at The Kitchen through August 27.

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Paris to the Past

Ina Caro describes 25 one-day train trips from Paris to historical sites—from Orléans, where Joan of Arc had her miraculous visions, to Versailles, to the Place de la Concorde, where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Paris to the Past: Trawling through French History by Train is for the casual tourist aboard the Metro or the TGV, as well as for the armchair traveler.

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Backstory: The Future of the Space Program

Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, discusses the future of the U.S. space program now that the last shuttle mission is set to launch.

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Underreported: Deep Sea Mining

This week, a team of Japanese scientists announced that vast deposits of rare earth minerals—considered essential for the production of certain electronics—have been found under the Pacific Ocean. Cindy Lee Van Dover, Director of Duke University Marine Laboratory and Peter B. Kelemen, an Earth & Environmental Studies Professor at Columbia University, tell us about the deposits and how deep sea mining works.

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