A Great Journey

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Monday, August 08, 2011

Leonard Lopate is back! He’ll look at how a U.S. Attorney was able to unravel a major Colombian cocaine trafficking cartel. Travel writer Colin Thubron tells about his journey to a holy mountain in Tibet. Nayana Currimbhoy talks about her new novel Miss Timmins’ School for Girls, about life at British boarding school in the hills of western India. Plus, Amy Cortese explains why she thinks investors should put their money behind the corner store instead of investing in Wall Street financial institutions.

The Takedown

Jeffrey Robinson and Special Agent Rooney Viola and discuss Viola and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie Klapper's efforts to dismantle a Colombian cartel responsible for 60 percent of all the cocaine coming into the United States. In The Takedown: A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Columbia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel, Jeffrey Robinson tells the story of trying to take down a gang of traffickers and murderers 2500 miles away from Klapper's tiny office in Hauppauge, Long Island.

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To a Mountain in Tibet

Colin Thubron gives the account of a journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailash in Tibet. It’s the mystic heart of the world and an ancient site of pilgrimage for both Buddhists and Hindus. In To a Mountain in Tibet, Thubron writes of his journey, an entry into the culture of today's Tibet, and a pilgrimage in the wake his mother's death and the loss of his family.


Miss Timmins’ School for Girls

Nayana Currimbhoy discusses her novel Miss Timmins’ School for Girls, set in a British boarding school in the hills of western India in the 1970s. Running from a scandal that disgraced her Brahmin family, Charulata Apte arrives at Miss Timmins' School for Girls in Panchgani to teach Shakespeare. It’s here that Charu's real education begins.



Amy Cortese discusses the ways that investing in local businesses, rather than faceless conglomerates, can bring investors profits while building healthy, self-reliant communities. In Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It, she argues that in the wake of the financial crisis, investors would be better served investing their money in businesses and people within their community rather than investing it on Wall Street.

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