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Thursday, November 17, 2011

James Rickards discusses the currency wars that are rocking the global financial system. Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg on their roles in “Relatively Speaking,” a trio of one-act comedies currently playing on Broadway. Ann Beattie talks about her fictionalized take on Pat Nixon. On Underreported, we’ll look at the abuse of domestic workers in South East Asia, and we’ll get an update on the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

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Currency Wars

James Rickards examines the new currency war we are engaged in, and argues that it is one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics. Recent headlines about the debasement of the dollar, bailouts in Greece and Ireland, and Chinese currency manipulation are all indicators of the growing conflict. In Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis, Rickards untangles the web of failed paradigms, wishful thinking, and arrogance driving current public policy and points the way toward a more informed and effective course of action.

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Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg on “Relatively Speaking”

Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg talk about their roles in “Relatively Speaking,” three one-act comedies by the writing trio of Ethan Coen, Elaine May and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro. Each comedy springs from a different branch of the family tree. In "Talking Cure," Ethan Coen uncovers the sort of insanity that can come only from family. In "George is Dead," Elaine May explores the hilarity of death. And in "Honeymoon Motel," Woody Allen invites you to the sort of wedding day you won’t forget. “Relatively Speaking is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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Ann Beattie on Her Novel Mrs. Nixon

Ann Beattie discusses Mrs. Nixon, an imagining of the life of one of our most mysterious and intriguing public figures, the only modern First Lady who never wrote a memoir. Beattie reconstructs dozens of scenes in an attempt to see the world from Mrs. Nixon’s point of view, to explore what it must have been like to be married to such a spectacularly ambitious and catastrophically self-destructive man.

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Underreported: Fukushima Update

The crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan has been out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the crisis has been solved. We’ll speak with Dr. Edwin Lyman, a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

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Underreported: The Exploitation of International Domestic Workers

On this week’s Underreported, Human Rights Watch researcher Nisha Varia describes abuses of migrant domestic workers in Asia and the Middle East, and why Cambodian women are particularly vulnerable to mistreatment in Malaysia. Plus, a look at efforts to implement international labor standards for domestic workers.

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