Publishing the Pentagon Papers; the novel The Son; Prosecuting Rape in Pakistan; the Last of the Doughboys

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

James Goodale, chief counsel for the New York Times when it published the Pentagon Papers, talks about the debate over whether publishing those documents was in the country's best interest. Philipp Meyer describes his new novel, The Son, set it Texas and spanning more than a century. We’ll find out about the challenges of prosecuting rape cases in Pakistan, the subject of the documentary “Outlawed in Pakistan.” And Richard Rubin discusses finding and interviewing find dozens of WWI veterans to capture their stories of the Great War before they died.

The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles

James Goodale, chief counsel for the New York Times when the Pentagon Papers were published, tells the stories of the internal debates and the reasoning behind the strategy that emerged in the intense debate over whether or not publishing these documents would be in the country's interest. Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles follows those weeks in June when the press's freedom of speech came under its most sustained assault since the Second World War.

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“Outlawed in Pakistan”

Filmmakers Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann discuss their Frontline documentary “Outlawed in Pakistan,” about a 13-year-old Pakistani girl who accused four men of gang rape, risking her reputation, her education, and even her life. In Pakistan, women and girls who allege rape are often more strongly condemned than their alleged rapists. The film shines a light on Pakistan's flawed justice system—and find that those rare rape cases that do make it to court are often fraught with complications, from police non-cooperation to a systemic lack of forensic evidence. “Outlawed in Pakistan” airs Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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Philipp Meyer on His Novel, The Son

Philipp Meyer talks about his new novel, The Son, an epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century.

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The Last of the Doughboys

Richard Rubin talks about finding and interviewing living American World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to capture their life stories before they died. The Last of the Doughboys is his decade-long odyssey to recover the stories of a forgotten generation and their experience in the Great War

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Tributes: Ray Manzarek

A chance encounter between keyboardist Ray Manzarek and singer Jim Morrison led to their founding what would become The Doors.  As Jeff Jampol, who manages the Doors’ estate, said, “Ray was the catalyst, he was the galvanizer.  He was the one that took Jim by the hand and took the band by the hand, and always kept pushing.  Without that guiding force, I don’t know if the Doors would have been.”  And there might not have been “Light My Fire,” which would become so associated with the Summer of Love.  Ray Manzarek died recently at the age of 74.  You can hear his conversation with Leonard from January 2002, when he was here to talk about his novel, The Poet in Exile.



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