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David Rhode on Reimagining War, Willa Cather's Letters, Renée Fleming, Joseph Stiglitz Tackles Debt

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Reporter David Rohde talks about how the nature of war has evolved since 9/11, and why Muslim moderates are the only ones who can truly help eradicate militancy. We’ll take a look at the personal letters that writer Willa Cather never wanted to be published. Soprano Renée Fleming talks about the final concert in her Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. Economist and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz on why politicians and economists are focusing on public debt instead of the economic policies the United States needs to recover.

Reimagining American Influence in the Middle East

David Rohde looks at the evolving nature of war and argues that a dysfunctional Washington squandered billions on contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan, neglected its true allies in the war on terror, and failed to employ important nonmilitary weapons in the war on terror. His new book Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence in the Middle East surveys post-Arab Spring Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt, and finds a yearning for American technology, trade, and education, and says only Muslim moderates can eradicate militancy.

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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout discuss The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, published for the first time than 65 years after her death. The 566 letters collected here range from funny reports of life in Red Cloud in the 1880s that Cather wrote as a teenager to such letters to luminaries such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Robert Frost, Yehudi Menuhin, Sinclair Lewis, and the president of Czechoslovakia.

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Renée Fleming's Perspectives

Soprano Renée Fleming discusses “Vienna: Windows to Modernity,” the final concert in her Perspecitives series at Carnegie Hall on May 4. The concert is a tribute to the music of the turn of the 20th century, an era in which Vienna was a hotbed of creativity and music and art. Renée Fleming is joined by pianist Jeremy Denk, the Emerson String Quartet, violinist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Colin Carr.

WQXR will be rebroadcasting her January Carnegie recital with Susan Graham on Friday, May 4, at 8 pm.

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Joseph Stiglitz on Debt

Economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz discusses public debt and argues that concerns over debt are crowding out the relief and recovery policies that the United States—and other nations facing debt problems—needs. Stiglitz was chairman of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers and served as senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank, and his most recent book is The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future.

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