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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Nada Bakri talks about her late husband, reporter Anthony Shadid, who died last month in Syria. And we’ll be joined by Rajiv Chandrasekaran who worked with Shadid while both of them were covering Iraq. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a silver plate from Iran that was used to promote Zoroastrianism during reign of the Sansanians. Elaine Sciolino joins us for a Backstory Update on the French presidential campaign and the continuing fall-out from the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal.

Anthony Shadid’s House of Stone

New York Times reporter Nada Bakri talks about her late husband, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief Anthony Shadid, who died last month in Syria. She discusses his life and career as a foreign journalist and the challenge of reporting on a rapidly changing Middle East. Shadid’s new memoir,House of Stone , tells the story of his year away from reporting, when he started rebuilding his great-grandfather’s house in Lebanese countryside. We’ll also be joined by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, National Editor at the Washington Post, who worked with Shadid, covering Iraq.

 

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Backstory Update: French Politics

Elaine Sciolino, a Paris Correspondent for the New York Times, talks about the presidential campaign in France, where the debate over the economy has taken center stage. We’ll also look at how the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has sparked a national conversation, and the French reaction to how well “The Artist” did at last month’s Oscars. Her latest book is La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

 

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Backstory: Inside Facebook

Nearly one in eight people on the planet now use Facebook. We’ll take a look at the inner workings of the company on today’s second Backstory segment with Jessi Hempel and Miguel Helft, senior writers for Fortune magazine. Their article Inside Facebook appears in the current issue of the magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

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Video: Questions for Daniel Okrent

Daniel Okrent was here in March to talk about his book Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition for the Book Club. He talked about his favorite writers and why he urges reporters—and everyone else—to avoid the word "indeed."

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