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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

On today’s show, Iraq War veteran Paul Rieckhoff describes the frustration that led him to speak out against the war, and explains why he doesn’t trust the Republicans or the Democrats to fix things. Then, a look at the outspoken 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza. And a scholar explains why she thinks Shakespeare may have been a woman. Plus, we’ll hear part of a documentary about Greenwich Village in the early 1960s on Past Present.

Paul Rieckhoff: The Voice of a Veteran

Two years ago, Paul Rieckhoff became one of the first Iraq War veterans to publicly criticize the war. In Chasing Ghosts: A Soldier’s Fight for America from Baghdad to Washington, he describes the frustration that led him to speak out, and explains why he sees it as his ...

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Betraying Spinoza

Rebecca Goldstein reconsiders the life of Baruch Spinoza--the 17th century philosopher who was excommunicated by Amsterdam's Jewish community, and whose work is now seen as a forebear of modern scientific theories...from physics to neurology. Ms. Goldstein's new biography is Betraying Spinoza.

Events: Rebecca Goldstein will be speaking with ...

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Was Shakespeare a Woman?

In Sweet Swan of Avon Robin Williams presents her case for why Mary Sidney Herbert, the Countess of Pembroke, may have written the works attributed to Shakespeare.

Events: Robin P. Williams will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm
Barnes & Noble ...

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Past Present: Footloose in Greenwich Village - A Counter Culture Conversation

On today's Past Present, we'll hear excerpts from a 1960 radio documentary called "Footloose in Greenwich Village." It originally aired on WNYC. Also, Theodore Roszak comments on the counterculture that emerged in the Village and throughout the U.S. in the 1960s. Roszak is a professor emeritus at California State University ...

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