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Entrepreneurship in the Middle East; Junot Díaz and the Lopate Show Book Club; the Saga of John Fahey; Please Explain

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Friday, August 16, 2013

We’ll find out how entrepreneurship is shaping the Middle East. Junot Díaz joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. James Cullingham talks about his documentary about John Fahey, who’s been called the father of American primitive guitar, and who helped preserve the sound of the Delta blues and New Orleans jazz. And before you go for a hike this weekend, listen to this week’s Please Explain—it’s all about ticks!

The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East

In the midst of the political turmoil in the Middle East, Christopher Schroeder, a seasoned investor in emerging markets, says that there’s a quieter revolution emerging—one that promises to reinvent it as a center of innovation and progress. He describes the entrepreneurial trends in Dubai, Cairo, Amman, Beirut, Istanbul, and even Damascus, and the major private equity firms, venture capitalists, and tech companies like Google, Intel, Cisco, and Yahoo that are supporting it. He's the author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East.

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Book Club: Junot Diaz on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel tells the story of Oscar, a sweet but extremely overweight "ghetto nerd" from New Jersey who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, above all, finding love.

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"In Search of Blind Joe Death"

Director James Cullingham talks about his documentary, “In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey.” Both musician and musicologist, Fahey contributed to our understanding of such music genres as Delta blues, Appalachian bluegrass, New Orleans jazz and even industrial and electronica, influencing everyone from Glenn Jones to Sonic Youth. It's playing at Cinema Village.

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Please Explain: Ticks

There are more ticks in more places than ever before, and over the past two decades tick-borne illness has increased, especially in the northeast. Dr. Thomas Mather, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and its TickEncounter Resource Center, and Dr. Thomas Daniels, Associate Research Scientist and Co-Director of the Vector Ecology Laboratory at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center, tell us all about ticks, the blood-sucking arachnids that can spread disease and how to protect against tick bites and prevent tick-borne disease.

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