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The Life of Margaret Thatcher; Paul Theroux in Africa; "Fill the Void," a Film

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll look at Margaret Thatcher’s early life, her early political career, and her first years as Britain’s only female prime minister. Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux describes returning to Africa after 50 years of traveling around the world. The star and director discuss Israeli film “Fill the Void,” which follows a young Orthodox Hasidic woman who is preparing to marry when tragedy strikes. And we’ll take a look at how Apple is just one of many corporations trying to avoid paying corporate taxes by moving its money out of the United States.

Margaret Thatcher's Early Years

Charles Moore discusses Margaret Thatcher’s early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister, and the ways she transformed Britain and the world in the late 20th century. Margaret Thatcher: From Grantham to the Falklands is the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography, and sheds new light on the spectrum of British political life from Thatcher’s entry into Parliament in 1959 to what was arguably the zenith of her power—victory in the Falklands in 1982.

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Paul Theroux's Ultimate African Safari

Celebrated travel writer Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a 22-year-old Peace Corps volunteer, and the pull of the continent never left him. In The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari, he tells what it was like to return, after 50 years on the road, to explore the little-traveled territory of western Africa and to take stock both of the place and of himself.

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“Fill the Void”

Rama Burshtein, director of “Fill the Void,” and Hadas Yaron, who plays the lead, 18-year-old Shira, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hasidic family living in Tel Aviv, who is about to be married. But Shira’s world is shattered when her older sister dies while giving birth to her first child. Deep in mourning, the family postpones Shira’s wedding and struggles to deal with their grief. “Fill The Void” opens May 24.

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Verizon Looks to Cut the Copper Wire

Verizon is hoping to pilot a new phone system that doesn’t rely on costly copper wiring in areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Under a plan currently before regulators the telecommunications giant would turn home phones in areas like Fire Island into “tethered” cell phones. New York Times reporter Patrick McGeehan talks about the controversial switch.

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Apple and Offshore Tax Avoidance

Apple and other technology giants have come under fire recently for using offshore companies to dodge U.S. tax obligations on billions of dollars earned overseas. Washington Post technology reporter Cecilia Kang and Michael Hudson, a senior editor at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, examine the Senate investigation into Apple and the wider use of offshore tax havens by individuals and companies.

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