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Monday, April 24, 2006

On today’s show: NPR correspondent Michael Goldfarb remembers the life of his murdered friend and translator, Ahmad Shawkat. Then, an in-depth look at Halliburton on Backstory. And we’ll hear about a new novel set in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Plus, a conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene.

Surviving Under Saddam, Dying in the New Iraq

In Ahmad's War, Ahmad's Peace NPR correspondent Michael Goldfarb remembers his friend and translator Ahmad Shawkat--an Iraqi Kurd who was tortured under Saddam Hussein, and killed in Mosul after Saddam was overthrown.
» Listen to Michael Goldfarb's radio documentary "Ahmad's War."

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Backstory: Halliburton

George W. Bush isn't the first President with ties to Halliburton. On today's edition of Backstory, we'll take an in-depth look at the company with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, a correspondent for The Economist, and the author of Power to the People.

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Life in Kashmir

Justine Hardy describes The Wonder House, a new novel about Indian-controlled Kashmir—as seen through the eyes of an 80-year-old English woman and a Muslim family who live there.

Events: Justine Hardy will be reading
Monday, April 24 at 7 pm
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Understanding String Theory

Brian Greene, one of the world's top theoretical physicists, helps us understand string theory and its implications. Mr. Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality.

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Wednesday, April ...

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