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Women's Rights in India; Pianist Geoffrey Keezer; 30 Years in Greece; TBI; Drug Prices

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Amana Fontanella-Khan tells the story of the Pink Sari Revolution and how one poor, illiterate Indian woman mobilized thousands of her countrywomen against abuse and injustice. Jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer plays songs from his latest album, “Heart of the Piano” live in our studio! Plus, painter Christian Brechneff talks about stumbling upon the Greek island of Sifnos and how returning there year after year changed his life.

The Pink Sari Revolution in India

Poor and illiterate, married around the age of 12, pregnant with her first child at 15, and prohibited from attending school, Sampat Pal has risen to become the leader of a women’s brigade numbering in the tens of thousands.

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Jazz Pianist Geoffrey Keezer Plays Live

Two-time Grammy nominated jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer plays live from his album, “Heart of the Piano.”

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A House in Greece

Christian Brechneff tells about first traveling to the Greek island of Sifnos in 1972, when he was a 21-year-old painter searching for artistic inspiration and a quiet place to work. On Sifnos, he found a muse, a subject to paint, and a sanctuary for more than 30 years. In The Greek House, Brechneff writes about the island, its residents, and the house he bought in a hilltop farm village.

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Medicine and Monopoly

Filmmaker Dylan Gray and advocate James Love discuss how Western pharmaceutical companies use patent law to keep drug prices high, at the expense of human lives around the world. Love is featured in Gray’s new documentary “Fire in the Blood,” which explores how the blockade of medications like low-cost AIDS drugs in the developing world caused millions of avoidable deaths, a problem that continues to this day. "Fire in the Blood" is playing at IFC Center September 6.

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New Research on Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr. Charles Wilkinson explains how traumatic brain injuries caused by bomb blasts can lead to hormonal disorders, and how this finding might impact the way military veterans with head traumas are treated. He was the lead researcher in a study conducted by the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington.

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