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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Today's Underreported is all about Ethiopia. First, a former Ethiopian political prisoner explains how the government suppresses dissent. We'll also find out how the US is complicit in the Ethiopian military’s recent campaign of violence and terror in the Ogaden region. Also: John Turturro on writing and directing a musical love story. And short-story writer George Saunders on the release of his first nonfiction collection. Plus, three writers discuss the year’s best stories from the South.

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George Saunders and John Turturro

Underreported: Berhanu Nega, Ethiopian Activist

Dr. Berhanu Nega is a recently released Ethiopian political prisoner, and is also a leading member of the CUD, Ethiopia’s main opposition party. He joins Leonard on the first part of today's Underreported to talk about his harrowing prison experience, and provide a first-hand view of Ethiopian prime minister Meles ...

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Underreported: Ethiopia’s Campaign in the Ogaden

While the West focuses on Darfur, another humanitarian disaster seems to be developing in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopian government - a recipient of a great deal of western aid money - has launched a military campaign in the Ogaden, a remote region of Ethiopia that borders on Somalia. ...

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Romance and Cigarettes

John Turturro is best known as an actor, and for his performances in movies like “Do the Right Thing” and “Barton Fink.” Now he’s written and directed, “Romance and Cigarettes,” a musical love story that recalls late 60's American cinema. It stars James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, and Susan Sarandon.

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The Braindead Megaphone

Best known for his absurdist short stories, George Saunders offers up an assortment of styles in his first nonfiction collection. In The Braindead Megaphone, he describes traveling in Dubai and the jungles of Nepal, the O.J. Simpson trial, and the writers who have influenced his work.

The Braindead Megaphone is ...

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New Stories from the South

Writer Joshua Ferris and editor Edward P. Jones join Leonard to discuss the literary anthology New Stories from the South.

New Stories from the South is available for purchase at amazon.com

Edward P. Jones will introduce Joshua Ferris and Angela Threatt at a reading tonight at 7 pm ...

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