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Monday, June 25, 2012

Heirloom tomatoes at the Ft. Greene Farmers' Market. Anybody got a light? (Amy Eddings/WNYC)

Kenneth Feinberg has overseen funds to compensate victims of 9/11 and the BP oil spill. On today’s show he talks about when and how victims should be compensated. One man shares the story of his remarkable journey from war-torn Ethiopia to Australia. Director Beate Arnestad talks about “Silenced Voices,” her film about a Sri Lankan journalist who was gunned down in broad daylight, and we’ll be joined by his widow. Pierre Desrochers explains why the locavore movement may actually distract us from other serious global food issues.

Kenneth Feinberg on Who Gets What

Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg discusses the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth. In Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval, he draws on his experiences with some of the most complex legal disputes of the past three decades, including Agent Orange, the closing of the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and 9/11.

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Tewodros Fekadu: No One's Son

Eritrean-born activist, filmmaker, and writer Tewodros Fekadu talks about growing up in the midst of the Ethiopian–Eritrean Civil War. He was abandoned, survived famine, and moved from the orphanages to streets of Addis Ababa. He tells his story in his memoir, No One’s Son: The Remarkable True Story of a Defiant African Boy and his Bold Quest for Freedom

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“Silenced Voices”

Beate Arnestad, director of “Silenced Voices,” and Sonali Samarasinghe, one of the film’s subjects, discuss the film, which tells the story of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight in Colombo. His wife, Sonali Samarasinghe, was forced to leave the country by the government. Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. According to official sources, nearly 25 journalists have been killed there since 1992, at least 10 of whom were targeted by suspected government or opposition Tamil Tiger forces. “Silenced Voices,” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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The Locavore’s Dilemma

Economic geographer Pierre Desrochers discusses the locavore movement, arguing that locavorism may be just a well-meaning marketing fad, or possibly a dangerous distraction from solving serious global food issues.  In The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet, he and his co-author, policy analyst Hiroko Shimizu, explain the history, science, and economics of food supply.

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