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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo discusses the lives of people striving for a better life in a slum of Mumbai, India. Director Joshua Marston is joined by the screenwriter and two of the young actors of the new film The Forgiveness of Blood, about a family feud in Albania. The latest installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at the Rosetta Stone. Plus, our latest Underreported segment looks at the potential of using thorium as a nuclear fuel.

Katherine Boo on Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Slum

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo tells the story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a slum in Mumbai, India. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity is based on three years of reporting, and it gives a glimpse into the lives of Annawadi residents, including Abdul, a Muslim teenager who scavenges for recyclables; Asha, who is seeking a route to the middle class through political corruption; and her daughter Manju, who will soon become Annawadi’s first female college graduate. When terrorism and the global economic recession shake Mumbai, suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power, and economic envy turn brutal.

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The Forgiveness of Blood

Director Joshua Marston, screenwriter Andamion Murataj, and actors Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Lacej discuss the film The Forgiveness of Blood. A richly textured look at a modern Albanian family caught up in a blood feud, the film won awards for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Berlin and Chicago film festivals and the Special Jury Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival. It opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and Landmark Sunshine Cinema on February 24.

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Underreported: Thorium Reactors

Journalist Richard Martin discusses thorium as a potential nuclear fuel and looks at the efforts to promote it as a new form of green energy.

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Backstory: NYPD surveillance Tactics

Over the last 6 months, a series of Associated Press reports have revealed some of the tactics used by the New York City Police Department in their counterterrorism operations since 2001, including a human mapping program in some minority neighborhoods and infiltrating mosques and Muslim student groups. Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, two members of the investigative team, discuss the series, which won the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting earlier this week.

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Tributes: Barney Rosset

Feisty publisher Barney Rosset was responsible for bringing exposure in America to greats Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, and Jean Genet through his Grove Press imprint.  He also defied censors, and ultimately won celebrated First Amendment battles by publishing D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.  He just died this week at the age of 89.  And you can hear some of his interviews with Leonard below.


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