Helping Women in Africa; The Dramatic End of WWII; A Billion Dollar Online Poker Empire; Amazon and Taxes

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

We’ll talk with Molly Melching, who went to Senegal as an exchange student and has stayed for almost 40 years, trying to improve the lives of women and girls there. Rick Atkinson talks about the conclusion of his monumental Liberation Trilogy, The Guns at Last Light, which chronicles the fight in Europe from D-Day to VE Day. Plus, the story of six college friends who turned their weekly poker game into a billion-dollar online gaming empire. And we’ll take a look at Amazon’s fight not to charge its customers state sales tax.

Molly Melching Helping African Women and Girls

Molly Melching talks about her experience as an exchange student in Senegal and how it led her to dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa. She’s joined by Aimee Molloy, author of the biography However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph, which details Melching's beginnings at the University of Dakar and follows her journey of 40 years in Africa, where she became a social entrepreneur and an advocate for the rights of girls and women.

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The War in Western Europe 1944-1945

Rick Atkinson discusses the final book of his acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe 1944-1945, tells the story of the titanic battle for Western Europe:  D-Day, the brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally into the heart of the Third Reich.

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How 6 College Kids Built an Online Poker Empire

Ben Mezrich tells the story of six college friends who dealt their way into a billion-dollar online poker empire. His book Straight Flush tells the rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana fraternity brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into, one of the largest online companies in the world, which, at its height, was earning more than a million dollars a day, getting the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Digital Currency

The Liberty Reserve money laundering scandal has drawn more attention to digital currencies like Bitcoin. New York Times technology reporter Nicole Perlroth explains why.

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Amazon's Not So Secret War on Taxes

Reporter Peter Elkind, co-author of “Amazon’s (Not So Secret) War on Taxes” in the June 2013 issue of Fortune magazine, explains Amazon’s tax-avoidance strategies.

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