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Monday, January 14, 2008

An abortion doctor talks about her own difficult abortion at a young age and why she then chose a career on the front lines of the war over reproductive rights. She has to wear a bulletproof vest, and carries a .38 caliber revolver. Also: find out about the struggle to save Nepal’s endangered rhinos. Amy Silverstein talks about her 17+ years as a heart transplant patient. And a sociologist shares an insider's perspective on life in a crack-dealing gang. Guest host Lisa Birnbach sits in for Leonard.

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Amy Silverstein

A Sociologist’s Turn as a Gang Leader

For seven years, sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside and found a complex, tightly organized society bound by friendship and force. His new book is Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets.

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17 Years as a Heart Transplant Patient

Amy Silverstein was an ambitious, type-A 24-year-old law student when she became suddenly became ill and learned she needed a heart transplant. More than 17 years later, she’s still in recovery. In Sick Girl, she writes about her medical journey and the pressure to be "normal" that transplant patients ...

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The Soul of the Rhino

Scientist Hemanta Mishra has spent much of his life trying to save the Indian Rhino from extinction in his native Nepal. He’s author of The Soul of the Rhino: A Nepali Adventure with Kings and Elephant Drivers, Billionaires and Bureaucrats, Shamans and Scientists and the Indian Rhinoceros.

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An Abortion Doctor Speaks Out

OB/GYN Dr. Susan Wicklund talks about her own difficult abortion at a young age...and why she then chose a career on the front lines of the war over reproductive rights. She has to wear a bulletproof vest, and carries a .38 caliber revolver. She’s author of This Common Secret: ...

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