Aid Work in Somalia, Bankers and the Economic Meltdown, DA Miscontuct

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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Dr. Hawa Abdi, who has been called the Mother Teresa of Somalia, talks about turning her farm into a camp for 90,000 internally displaced. Washington Post economics reporter Neil Irwin on how the world’s top central bankers steered the global economy through the economic meltdown. ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien talks about his investigation into why the city’s district attorneys are rarely disciplined for misconduct.

Dr. Hawa Abdi, the Mother Theresa of Somalia

Dr. Hawa Abdi has been called "the Mother Teresa of Somalia." Since 1991, when the Somali government collapsed, famine struck, and aid groups fled, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty. In her new memoir, Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed , she talks about founding a camp for internally displaced people located outside war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. She also tells of being kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, because she was a woman. She, along with media pressure, convinced the rebels to let her go, and she demanded and received a written apology. She's joined by her daughter, Dr. Deqo Mohamed.

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Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire

Economics reporter Neil Irwin discusses how, how the leaders of the world’s three most important central banks—Ben Bernanke of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank—managed the global economic crisis. He tells of the birth of central banking in 17th-century Sweden, and traces how banks and bankers came to exercise extraordinary power over our collective fate. In his new book, The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, Irwin gives an account of the most intense exercise in economic crisis management the world has ever seen.

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What's Killing Honeybees?

Eric Mussen, apiculturist at University of California, Davis, discusses the latest findings on what’s killing honeybees, what the loss of bees means for agriculture, and how beekeepers and researchers are addressing the problem.

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Who Polices Prosecutors?

Joaquin Sapien talks about his ProPublica report that found that New York City prosecutors who withhold evidence, tolerate false testimony, or commit other abuses almost never see their careers damaged.

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Tributes: Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert’s career as a film critic spanned over four decades in both print, television and Twitter. In 1975, he was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer. He died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 70. Hear his interview with Leonard from 2005.

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