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Friday, September 29, 2006

Journalist Ian Buruma examines the political and cultural reverberations of the 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Then, a new film explores life in 1980s Astoria. Plus, we hear about a new novel set against a backdrop of racism in 1940s Chicago. And this week’s Please Explain is all about wine.

Murder in Amsterdam

Two years ago, the controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was killed by an Islamic extremist. In Murder in Amsterdam, Ian Buruma explores the political and cultural reverberations of his death.

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The Streets of 1980s Astoria

Director and screenwriter Dito Montiel, producer Trudie Styler, and actor Chazz Palminteri tell us about bringing 1980s Astoria to life for their new film “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”


Lost in Chicago

Former journalist Frank Joseph makes his debut as a novelist with To Love Mercy, the story of two young boys--one black and one Jewish--who get lost in 1940s Chicago.

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Please Explain: Wine

Humans have been pairing wine with food for at least 5,000 years. On today's Please Explain, Roger Dagorn, Master Sommelier from Chanterelle, and Josh Wesson from Best Cellars, Inc., pay tribute to the power of a good glass of wine, and answer your questions on how ...


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