Adaptations and Translations

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Director Garry Hynes tells us about her new production of Brian Friel's Translations. Later on, British General Rupert Smith explains why he believes "war no longer exists." And Michael Thomas shares his new novel about a man who’s haunted by his difficult childhood. Plus: a journalist investigates the history of medical experimentation on African Americans. And we find out how selfish and unselfish behavior may be wired into our brains.


Garry Hynes, the first woman to win a Tony Award for directing (for The Beauty Queen of Leenane), talks about her latest project: a new production of Brian Friel's Translations.


A New Kind of War

General Rupert Smith served as a British commander in the 1991 Gulf War, as well as in Bosnia, Kosovo and Northern Ireland. In The Utility of Force, General Smith explains how modern conflicts have changed--and complicated--the meaning of war.

The Utility of Force is available for purchase at


Beyond a Boston Ghetto

Michael Thomas shares his new novel, Man Gone Down, about one man’s struggle to move past his difficult childhood in a Boston ghetto.

Man Gone Down is available for purchase at

Events: Michael Thomas will be reading and signing books
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Medical Apartheid

In Medical Apartheid, Harriet Washington reveals a dark history of medical experimentation on African Americans--from colonial times to the present.

Medical Apartheid is available for purchase at


An Unselfish Brain?

Scientists believe they have found the part of the brain that predicts whether a person will be an altruist. Duke University researcher Dr. Scott Huettel explains what this "altruistic brain region" tells us about the origins of selfish and unselfish behavior.


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