Women in India; Backup Singers; the Summer of 1776; Chicago and Modern America

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Chicago is one city analysts are watching for signs of struggle with its municipal bond debts. (caribb/flickr)

The Wall Street Journal’s Asia Editor talks about how the rape of a young woman in Delhi last year has touched off a national debate about women’s rights in India. Singers Darlene Love and Merry Clayton and director Morgan Neville discuss “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” a new documentary about backup singers. Historian Joseph J. Ellis looks at the events of the summer of 1776. Plus, we’ll find out about the pivotal role that Chicago has played in shaping American culture.

Crimes Against Women in India

Wall Street Journal Asia Editor Paul Beckett talks about how the rape of a young woman in Delhi last December shined a light on the ways women can easily be exploited and abused in a country where, in theory and before the law, men and women have equal rights. He looks at two other stories that highlight this: the 2011 murder of a Catholic nun who was opposed to the expansion of mining in a tribal district and the a young woman duped into leaving her village with three young children. Beckett has collaborated on new Journal e-book: Crimes Against Women: Three Tragedies and the Call for Reform in India.

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"Twenty Feet from Stardom"

Morgan Neville, director of “Twenty Feet from Stardom,”  a documentary about backup singers, talks about the film with Darlene Love and Merry Clayton, who are featured in it. The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, and Sting, to name a few. It opens June 14 at the Angelika and at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Theater at Lincoln Center.

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1776 and the Birth of American Independence

Pulitzer-winning American historian Joseph J. Ellis looks at the summer months of 1776, when the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding took place. In Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence, Ellis examines the most influential figures in this momentous year, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe.

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Contractors and the NSA

Tim Shorrock, author of the book Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing, discusses the National Security Agency's reliance on private contractors like Booz Allen Hamilton for a range of sensitive activities.

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When Chicago Built the American Dream

Today it can seem as if all of American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, but Thomas Dyja says that much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how we eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers changed rock and roll with Chuck Berry. In The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, looks at the city’s impact on modern America.

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