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The Fertility Industry; Ayad Akhtar's American Dervish; Uncovering J. K. Rowling; the Rise of China

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Miriam Zoll talks about trying to get pregnant at 40 and her experience navigating the multi-billion-dollar fertility industry. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar joins us for July’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! Wall St. Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer explains how linguists figured out that J.K. Rowling published a crime novel under a pseudonym. And Orville Schell and John Delury talk about the people behind China’s extraordinary transformation over the last 150 years.

The Dark Side of the Fertility Industry

Miriam Zoll shares her experience undergoing fertility treatments, which she describes as a cold, sterile world of the laboratory, where she and her husband found themselves growing disconnected from nature, their values, and each other.

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Join the Leonard Lopate Book Club - July's Book: American Dervish

Ayad Akhtar’s novel American Dervish is our pick for the July Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! It’s a coming-of-age novel about Muslims in America that follows a young man named Hayat who has a romantic and spiritual awakening as he’s growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his play “Disgraced,” and American Dervish is his debut novel. We hope you've been reading the book along with us. Leave your comments and questions!

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Linguistics, Forensics, and J. K. Rowling

Ben Zimmer talks about the surprising linguistic science behind the revelation that J.K. Rowling wrote the crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling under a pen name. Zimmer is the Wall Street Journal language columnist and executive producer of Vocabulary.com.

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China’s Long March to the 21st Century

China specialists Orville Schell and John Delury explain how China, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, managed to emerge on the world stage with hyper-development and wealth creation. Their book Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-first Century examines the lives of 11 influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China.

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william lemmey

Informative discussion of China's divided political role. The role of the Middle Kingdom in China's political psyche would have been helpful in explaining China's humiliation. Also legalism and the lack of civil liberties in China could have been mentione. It seems China remains a partial power as another author have commented on.

Jul. 31 2013 01:37 PM

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