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Reporting Civil Rights; Conserving Digital Art; Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; the Life and Times of Charles Manson

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Bill Kovach and Clayborne Carson, editors of a new anthology of writing about the civil rights movement, tell how James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, Gordon Parks and many others captured the struggle for equality. We’ll find how curators and conservators are preserving digital art. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks about exploring race and identity in her latest novel, Americanah. Jeff Guin talks about interviewing Charles Manson’s sister and cousin to trace the roots of the infamous murderer’s criminal career.

Reporting Civil Rights

Bill Kovach and Clayborne Carson discuss putting together the two-volume anthology Reporting Civil Rights and the history of the civil rights movement it tells. It brings together for the first time nearly 200 newspaper and magazine reports and book excerpts, and features 151 writers, including James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, David Halberstam, Lillian Smith, Gordon Parks, Murray Kempton, Ted Poston, Claude Sitton, and Anne Moody, capturing the impassioned struggle for freedom and equality that transformed America.

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Conserving Digital Art

Digital technology has been evolving rapidly, leading to conservation challenges for museums whose collections include digital art. Recently, Christiane Paul, Curator of New Media at the Whitney Museum, and conservator Carol Mancusi-Ungaro undertook the restoration of a pioneering Internet artwork, Douglas Davis' “The World's First Collaborative Sentence.” They explain how they were able to restore it, and discuss the challenges facing museums, collectors and artists to insure that these artworks will survive.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses her latest novel, Americanah, which explores race and identity.

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The Life and Times of Charles Manson

Jeff Guinn gives an account of how an ordinary juvenile delinquent named Charles Manson became the notorious murderer whose crimes still shock and horrify us today. More than 40 years ago Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. His book Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson puts the killer in the context of his times, the turbulent late 1960s, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege.

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Guest Picks: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When she was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her latest novel, Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie shared that she's a fan of the TV show "Scandal," among other things.

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