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Population Growth and the Planet; Chile's 9/11; Edwidge Danticat's New Novel; How Boys Think

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Scientist Stephen Emmott describes how the rising world population will strain our planet’s complex natural systems. Peter Kornbluh and Joyce Horman discuss the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile, and the ongoing quest for justice for those he murdered. Edwidge Danticat talks about her latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light, about the interwoven lives of the people in a small seaside Haitian town. Rosalind Wiseman looks at boys—how they think, experience the world, and cope with social pressures.

The Future with 10 Billion People

Just over 200 years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth; now there are seven billion, and, sometime this century, the world population is expected to reach ten billion. Stephen Emmott, head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research, explains what this steadily growing human population means for the earth: deforestation, desertification, species extinction, growing threats to food and water. His book Ten Billion analyzes the issues our growing population will bring about.

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Justice in Chile

Peter Kornbluh, author of The Pinochet File, discusses the 40th anniversary of the coup that brought Pinochet to power in Chile. He's joined by Joyce Horman, whose husband was executed bu Pinochet's regime. Ms. Horman has pursued justice for her husband ever since, and there has been recent progress and news in the case even 40 years later.

 

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Edwidge Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light

Edwidge Danticat talks about her new novel, Claire of the Sea Light. It’s set in a small seaside town in Haiti where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. Claire Limyè Lanmè’s mother died in childbirth, and her father wonders if he should give away his young daughter to a local shopkeeper who could give Claire a better life. Before he can make his decision, she disappears.

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Masterminds and Wingmen: Inside Boy World

Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, turns her attention to boys. She talks about the way boys think and shows parents, educators and coaches how to help boys overcome their most common yet difficult social challenges. Masterminds and Wingmen looks at the interior life of boys and offers innovative strategies aimed at helping boys develop a positive and strong sense of self.

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Guest Picks: Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her novel, Claire of the Sea Light. She also told us about her love of soup. Find out what else she's a fan of! 

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