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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard. She’ll speak with Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the Catholic social justice lobby Network, about the Nuns on the Bus tour and her advocacy work. Cheryl Strayed talks about writing an advice column, and why she decided to no longer be anonymous. Joshua Henkin talks about his new novel The World Without You. Plus we’ll have our latest Underreported and Backstory segments.


Nuns and Social Justice

Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, talks about being a progressive voice in the Catholic community, this summer’s nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour, and what the Vatican’s recent rebuke of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious means for the mission of nuns in this country.

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Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things

Cheryl Strayed talks about giving advice to thousands as a once-anonymous online columnist. Tiny Beautiful Things features the best of her column “Dear Sugar” and she talks about how to tackle everything life throws our way. She’ll also talk about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which she wrote about in her memoir Wild.


Joshua Henkin's The World Without You

Joshua Henkin talks about his new novel The World Without You. It’s about a family gathering in the Berkshires memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, journalist and adventurer who was killed while on assignment in Iraq.

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Backstory: Burma's Transformation

Over the last few years, Burma has been transformed from a repressive dictatorship to a developing democracy. But unlike other revolutions, this has been a top-down change. New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos talks about how Burmese citizens are responding to the rapid changes and the transition to democracy. His article, “The Burmese Spring,” appears in the August 6 issue of the magazine.

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Backstory: Drought and Food Supplies Around the World

More than half of  counties in the United States have been declared disaster zones due to drought. But the United States isn’t the only country experiencing crop failures or higher food costs as a result. On today’s second Backstory, Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown talks about water shortages in Pakistan, East Africa, and elsewhere—and how they’re affecting food supplies.

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Guest Picks: Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed spoke to guesthost Julie Burstein on the Leonard Lopate Show recently. They discussed Strayed's advice column. She's collected some of her favorite columns in the book, Tiny Beautiful Things. And she also told us about some of her favorite things, tiny, beautiful or otherwise.


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