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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

On today’s show, we’ll look at how school desegregation in the South began with nine students at Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Then, an illustrator discusses the third sequel to his classic children’s book. Also Jane Alexander on sex and intimacy in her latest film and HBO drama series. Plus, how the founding of al-Qaeda can be traced to a Muslim fundamentalist takeover of the Grand Mosque in 1979.

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Jane Alexander

Little Rock: 50 Years Later

The wave of desegregation that transformed the South in the 1960s began in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957. Nine African-American students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated Little Rock Central High School; after President Dwight Eisenhower intervened, they were later allowed into the school. Contributing editor to ...

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Little Rock Central High School Today

50 years after Central High School was desegregated, it still isn't fully integrated. Filmmakers Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud looked at the legacy of the struggle for equal education and examined the lives of contemporary Central High Students in their HBO documentary, “Little Rock Central.”

"Little Rock Central" will air ...

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Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

Eric CarleForty years ago, Eric Carle launched a cottage industry with the now-beloved classic children's book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Mr. Carle joins Leonard to discuss his third (and last) sequel, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do ...

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Jane Alexander on Sex and Intimacy

Jane AlexanderJane Alexander is an award-winning actress, author, and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. She joins Leonard to discuss playing the role of therapist Dr. Mary Foster in HBO’s new drama series, “Tell Me You Love Me,” ...

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The Siege of Mecca

In 1979, Muslim fundamentalists staged a violent takeover of Islam’s holiest shrine, the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia. This incident was largely unreported in the West, but Yaroslav Trofimov argues that it inspired al-Qaeda and countless other Islamic revivalist movements to even greater acts of violence. Trofimov's new book about ...

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