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Immigrants in Solitary Confinement, Lemony Snicket, Small-Scale Philanthropy

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Monday, April 01, 2013

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New York Times reporter Ian Urbina talks about why U.S. authorities have been putting illegal immigrants in solitary confinement, sometimes for weeks at a time. Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss collaborating on their new book about that age-old childhood fear, The Dark. M. G. Vassanji tells us about his new novel, The Magic of Saida. Bob Harris explains how he became a philanthropist $10-$15 at a time.

Ian Urbina on Immigrants and Solitary Confinement

New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses the lengthy detention in solitary confinement of many illegal immigrants here in the United States, "Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks."

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Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen on The Dark

Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss their collaborative project, The Dark, a new book that attempts to conquer a universal childhood fear.

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The Magic of Saida, by M. G. Vassanji

M. G. Vassanji discusses his new novel, The Magic of Saida. It tells the story of an African/Indian man who returns to the town of his birth in search of the girl he once loved—and the sense of self that has always eluded him. The novel moves between the past and present, and tells a personal story as well as a broad story of political promise and failure in contemporary Africa.

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DIY Medicine

As healthcare costs rise, doctors and hospitals are saying "no" to high-tech tests more frequently. We'll speak with Dr. Sven Schwatzbaum about how some patients in Europe are getting around the problem. His article "DIY Medicine" is in the current issue of Radiology Today. 

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The International Bank of Bob

Bob Harris talks about being was inspired by a chance encounter in Dubai with the impoverished workers whose backbreaking jobs created such opulence. He began making microloans all over the world to help the poor. In The International Bank of Bob, he writes of travelling around the world to see the results of the hundreds of microloans he made online.

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Guest Picks: Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with illustrator Jon Klassen on the new children's book, The Dark. He also told us what he's been reading and listening to.

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Guest Picks: Jon Klassen

Illustrator Jon Klassen was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about collaborating with Lemony Snicket on their book, The Dark. He also told us what he's a fan of -- pierogies, anyone?

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