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Thursday, April 12, 2012

In this sketch by Janet Hamlin, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Waleed bin Attash attend their arraignment inside the war crimes courthouse at Camp Justice in Guantanamo Bay on June 5. 2008. (Brennan Linsley/AFP/Getty Images)

Josh Meyer and Terry McDermott give the definitive account of the pursuit and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Renée Fleming discusses her new album, “Poemes.” Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a carved stone statue of Shiva and his wife Parvati. Daniel Mendelsohn looks at why we're still so interested in the Titanic. Plus, our latest Undereported segment looks at the disturbing practice of milking bears for their bile in China.

The Hunt for KSM

Josh Meyer and Terry McDermott give an account of the decade-long pursuit and capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Their book The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind tells the story of the 18 months between the 9/11 attacks and the capture the actual mastermind of the attacks, the man behind bin Laden himself.

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Renée Fleming

Soprano Renée Fleming discusses her new album “Poèmes,” her first solo album of classical repertoire since 2009. She performs Ravel’s 1903 song cycle for soprano and orchestra, Shéhérazade, together with Olivier Messiaen’s collection of love songs to his young wife, Poèmes pour Mi.

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Why We Can’t Let Go of the Titanic

New Yorker contributor Daniel Mendelsohn talks about why the Titanic has such an enduring appeal, 100 years after its sinking. His article “Unsinkable: Why We Can’t Let Go of the Titanic” appears in the April 16 issue of The New Yorker.

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Underreported: Bear Bile Farming in China

In China, Asiatic black bears are kept in cages for their bile, which is valued in Asian medicine. Jill Robinson, the founder and CEO of Animals Asia, who appears in the documentary "Cages of Shame," talks about bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts.

"Cages of Shame" premiers at the Rubin Museum of Art April 14.

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Guest Picks: Renee Fleming

Soprano Renée Fleming was on the Lopate Show to talk about her new album of French songs, "Poemes." She also admitted her love of sugar.

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