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Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch tells us about Rwanda’s cycling team. Erin Barnett and Adam Harrison Levy discuss “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945,” an exhibition at ICP. Ben Mezrich talks about his new book, Sex on the Moon, a true madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity. Plus: Our latest Backstory segment is all about human body part trafficking.

 

Rwanda's Cycling Team

New Yorker staff writer Philip Gourevitch tells us about Rwanda’s cycling team, made up of Hutus and Tutsis. His article “Climbers” appears in the July 11 & 18 issues of The New Yorker.

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"Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945," at ICP

Erin Barnett, ICP Assistant Curator of Collections, and Adam Harrison Levy, talk about the International Center of Photography’s “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945,” an exhibition of once-classified images of atomic destruction at Hiroshima, drawn from ICP’s permanent collection. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints and photographs made for the 1947 United States Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) report on the effects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945” is on view at ICP through August 28.

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Sex on the Moon

Ben Mezrich, author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, tells the story of Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program who had a romantic, crazy idea to give his girlfriend the moon—literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and an accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into a NASA lab to help him steal one of the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. Sex on the Moon is Mezrich’s account of this madcap heist.

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Backstory: Human Body Part Trafficking

The global market in human body parts is valued in billions of dollars. Scott Carney, a contributing editor at Wired magazine and author of the book The Red Market, tells us about the organs, bones, and even whole people that are bought and sold every day in a vast hidden economy known as the “red market.”

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