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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Akash Kapur describes moving back to India in 2003 and witnessing the country’s great change. We’ll find out about the small group of men and women who built one of the first computers, completing Alan Turing’s vision of a Universal Machine. Today's installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a Moche warrior pot, used to guard the grave of a wealthy member of the South American society. Plus our latest Underreported segments.


A Portrait of Life in Modern India

Akash Kapur, the child of an Indian father and an American mother, spent his formative years in India and his young adulthood in the United States. He talks about moving to India permanently in 2003 to watch the country’s growth and modernization first-hand. In his new book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, he describes the complex and often contradictory country that he found.

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Building the First Computers

George Dyson discusses the men and women, led by John von Neumann at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who built one of the first computers. In Turing’s Cathedral, Dyson shows how their work would break the distinction between numbers that mean things and numbers that do things—and our universe would never be the same.


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Afghanistan Update

We’ll get an update on the latest troubles in Afghanistan with Washington Post Pentagon reporter Craig Whitlock.

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Backstory: The Jobs Bill

On today’s Backstory, ProPublicas Jesse Eisinger talks about what’s inside a jobs bill-- The Jump-Start Our Business Act --that just passed in the House of Representatives. We’ll also look at how the Federal Reserve has dealt with the country’s largest financial firms.










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