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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme tells us about filming a series of documentaries about people struggling to recover in post-Katrina New Orleans. But first, we get an update on Laos on our first Underreported feature. Then, we take a look at Japan's pro-whaling campaign. And Nathan Englander tells us about his debut novel about Jews in a troubled Buenos Aires. Plus, the life of Ralph Ellison--before and after Invisible Man.

Guests:

Jonathan Demme and Nathan Englander

Underreported: The Legacy of the War in Laos

During the Vietnam War, the CIA used Laos to launch secret operations, which in turn led to mass bombings and destruction there. And after the 1975 Communist takeover, hundreds of thousands of Laotians who had aided the Americans had to flee the country for fear of retribution. On today's first ...

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Underreported: Laos, Japan, and the Future of Whaling

Laos has agreed to join the International Whaling Commission at Japan's request, and is very likely to support Tokyo's pro-whaling campaign. Yet Laos is landlocked and has no whaling interests. On the second part of today's Underreported, we look into allegations that Japan is plying poorer countries with aid...in exchange ...

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Jonathan Demme Documents Post-Katrina New Orleans

Jonathan Demme is best known as the director of movies like “Silence of the Lambs” and "The Manchurian Candidate." He tells us about his most recent documentary project "Right of Return": filming real-life stories of people struggling to recover in post-Katrina New Orleans.

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The Ministry of Special Cases

Nathan Englander tells us about his debut novel The Ministry of Special Cases, about a Jewish family living in Buenos Aires as they learn to deal with life under a new regime.

The Ministry of Special Cases is available for purchase at amazon.com

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Ralph Ellison: A Biography

In his new biography, Arnold Rampersad talks about how Ralph Ellison's first and only novel, Invisible Man, shaped his life.

Ralph Ellison is available for purchase at amazon.com

Events: Arnold Rampersad will be speaking
Thursday, May 24 at 6:30 pm
The Museum of the City of ...

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Meat Recipes

LAMB-ROSEMARY BURGERS
Serves 6

2 POUNDS GROUND LAMB
2 TABLESPOONS DIJON MUSTARD
1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED FRESH
ROSEMARY
1 TEASPOON MINCED GARLIC
1 TEASPOON SALT
1⁄2 TEASPOON FRESHLY GROUND BLACK
PEPPER
VEGETABLE OIL COOKING SPRAY

1. Combine the lamb, mustard, rosemary, garlic, ...

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