Studying Struggle

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Lech Walesa, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former President of Poland, explains the role he played in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. Then, Ruth Rendell talks about her latest mystery: Thirteen Steps Down. Neil Gaiman tells us about his latest projects: the movie "MirrorMask" and his novel Anansi Boys. And Anthony Shadid looks at how ordinary Iraqis cope with the chaos of war.


25 years ago, Lech Walesa triggered a chain of events that eventually brought down communism in Eastern Europe. He joins us for a look back at that struggle, and tells us about how he went on to become the President of Poland, and to win the Nobel Peace Prize.


Thirteen Steps Down

Ruth Rendell tells us about her latest thriller, Thirteen Steps Down. The mystery follows the escalating tensions between a lovelorn landlady and a tenant who becomes increasingly interested in a supermodel and a serial killer.

Events: Ruth Rendell will be speaking and signing books on:



Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman tells us about writing for film. He wrote the screenplay for “MirrorMask,” a new Jim Henson Company film that carries on the torch of the fantasy films “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth.” He’ll also tell us a bit about his latest novel, the Anansi Boys.


Night Draws Near

Anthony Shadid of the Washington Post is a Lebanese American journalist who is fluent in Arabic. He was therefore able to go under cover in Iraq and get a very different perspective on the war than most embedded journalists. He tells us what he learned from his conversations with ordinary ...


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