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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court tells us about her work to stop the conscription of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Then, two writers discuss the role women played in the Harlem Renaissance. And this week’s Backstory focuses on Ban Ki-Moon, the new Secretary General-elect of the United Nations. Plus, Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng share their book about the conflict in Sudan.

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Fighting Child Soldier Recruitment in Court

Thousands of child soldiers have been conscripted in The Democratic Republic of Congo. Fatou Bensouda, the Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, talks about the first-ever trials of those accused of recruiting child soldiers.

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Women of the Harlem Renaissance

Farah Jasmine Griffin and Carla Kaplan, both Fellows at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, discuss the role women—both black and white—played in the Harlem Renaissance. Farah Jasmine Griffin is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African American Studies at Columbia ...

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Backstory: Ban Ki-Moon

Ban Ki-Moon is the new Secretary General-elect of the United Nations. On today’s Backstory, Diana Geddes, the Legal Affairs Editor for The Economist, examines his long career in South Korean international relations, and talks about what his selection means for ongoing reform initiatives at the UN.

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How a Refugee Sees Sudan

Dave Eggers and Valentino Achak Deng (one of Sudan's Lost Boys) tell us about collaborating on the autobiographical novel What is the What.

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