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Thursday, February 16, 2012

John Campbell discusses his book about the rise and rule of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Elizabeth Reaser discuss the new production of “How I Learned to Drive.” Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects is about two flagons used for pouring beer, wine, or mead at ceremonies and are some of the earliest examples of Celtic art. Our latest Backstory segment looks at pro-Putin Nashi youth movement in Russia.

Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

John Campbell discusses his biography of Margaret Thatcher and examines her impact on the 20th century. From her humble, small-town upbringing to her rise to power as the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, to her dramatic fall from grace after more than three decades of service. The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher, from Grocer’s Daughter to Prime Minister delves into Thatcher’s life and legacy.

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“How I Learned to Drive”

Playwright Paula Vogel, Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz, and Elizabeth Reaser talk about Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “How I Learned to Drive.” The play explores the complex relationship between Li’l Bit (Reaser) and her Uncle Peck (Butz), as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much darker.

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Backstory Update: Anonymous

Journalist Quinn Norton, contributor to Wired magazine's Threat Level blog, returns to give us an update on what the Internet collective Anonymous has been up to recently.

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Backstory: "Putin's Kiss" and the Nashi youth movement in Russia

On today’s Backstory, we’ll look at the Nashi youth movement in Russia, which was started in 2005 and has close ties to the Kremlin. With thousands of members, the group rallies in favor of the government and harass the political opposition. Director Lise Birk Pedersen talks about her documentary “Putin’s Kiss,” which follows a young Nashi leader as she gradually becomes disenchanted by the movement—and the opposition journalists who risk their safety to criticize the Nashi. She's joined by Sasha de Vogel, program coordinator at Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought.

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New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid has died in Syria

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died on Thursday while working in Syria, reporting on the growing conflict there. He was a frequent guest on the Lopate Show, shedding light on the politics and conflict in countries across the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, and Syria. He died at the age of 43. You can listen to some of Anthony Shadid's conversations with Leonard over the years:

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