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Thursday, May 31, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at some of the questionable corporate practices in fundraising for breast cancer awareness and research. Jonathan Pryce, Alex Hassle, and Alan Cox talk about the new production of Harold Pinter’s classic play “The Caretaker,” now at BAM. We’ll find out how Argentine wines and the humble Malbec grape have become a global brand. Plus, on Backstory: the verdict in the case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is expected on Saturday, so we’ll take the temperature of the Egyptian electorate. Then we’ll hear the story of how a Guatemalan man found out that he had had been kidnapped during the civil war there.

"Pink Ribbons, Inc."

Producer Ravida Din discusses the film “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” with AnneMarie Ciccarella, of Breast Cancer Action, and Samantha King, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies/Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University in Canada and author of the book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, on which the film is based. They discuss the pink ribbon campaigns for breast cancer and how the breast cancer movement has moved from activism to consumerism. “Pink Ribbons, Inc.” opens June 1 at IFC Center.

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"The Caretaker"

Award-winning stage and screen veteran Jonathan Pryce, talks about taking on one of theater’s most cunning tramps, Davies, in Harold Pinter’s "The Caretaker." He’s joined by Alex Hassle and Alan Cox who also star in the play, produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions/Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music through June 17.


Winemakers and the Rebirth of Malbec

Ian Mount describes the nefarious scams, brilliant business innovations, and backroom politics that put Malbec on the map. For generations, Argentine wine was famously bad, but in 2001, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend beat all contenders in a blind taste test featuring Napa and Bordeaux’s finest. The Vineyard at the End of the World tells the 400-year history of how Argentina became a wine mecca.

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Backstory: The Mubarak Trial and Egyptian Elections

The first round of voting in the Egyptian elections happened last week, and the verdict in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak is expected this Saturday. Sherine Tadros, Cairo-based correspondent for Al Jazeera, discusses the state of Egyptian politics.


Backstory: Moving Towards Justice for Victims of Guatemalan Civil War

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella tells the story of Oscar Alfred Ramírez Castañeda, whose family lived in a remote village that was attacked as part of a government offensive in 1982, when he was still a child. Castañeda never knew that he had lost almost his entire family, but he was reunited with his father earlier this week, thanks to technologies and resources that are only now helping prosecutors and victims piece together what happened during the three-decade civil war in Guatemala in the hopes that justice will be served.


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