A Helping Hand

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Michael Neuman of Doctors Without Borders talks about how his organization carries out delicate humanitarian negotiations in hostile environments. Conor Grennan discusses his work with victims of child trafficking victims in Nepal. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at an early flood tablet. Robert Harris talks about his best-selling novel The Fear Index. Plus, New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza explains what internal memos can tell us about the Obama Administration, and he’ll give us an update on the Florida Primary!


Doctors Without Borders and Humanitarian Negotiations

Michael Neuman explores the practical realities of conducting humanitarian negotiations in complex situations. He’s the editor of Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed: The MSF Experience, published on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals, and the political arrangements that overcame (or failed to) this resistance.

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The Lost Children of Nepal

Conor Grennan tells how a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal, led to a commitment to reunite the children, who were taken from their parents by child traffickers, with their families. His memoir is Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.


Robert Harris on His Novel The Fear Index

Robert Harris talks about his international bestselling novel, The Fear Index, which gives a glimpse into an all-too-recognizable world of greed and panic.

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Ryan Lizza on the Obama Presidency and the Florida Primary

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza gives an in-depth look at the first three years of Obama’s Presidency, and through interviews and internal White House memos —which have never been released to the public—with Obama’s handwritten notes, reveals how the President struggles with important decisions. The article “The Obama Memos” is in the January 30 issue of The New Yorker. Ryan Lizza will also report on what’s going on in Florida during that state’s primary.

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Philip Glass poses on 05 September 2005 at the theatre of Erfurt, Germany

Happy Birthday, Philip Glass!

The composer Philip Glass turns 75 today, so we thought we'd share some of our recent interviews with him. He was last on the show in November to talk about his opera, "Satyagraha," which was playing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Glass was also on the show in December 2008 to discuss "The Glass Box," a box set retrospective of his work.

He's on Soundcheck today to talk about his Symphony No. 9. Check out WQXR's blog The Operavore's "Choose Your Own Operatic Philip Glass Adventure."


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