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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his career to dealing with humanitarian crises throughout the world...until he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq 5 years ago. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Samantha Power tells us about the former UN High Commissioner's life. Also: the status of arts education in NYC’s public schools. Antonio Skarmeta's new novel. And on Underreported: what Liberia's president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is doing to help her country recover from brutal civil war.

Guests:

Samantha Power and Antonio Skarmeta

The Life of the UN’s Sergio Vieira de Mello

Sergio Vieira de Mello devoted his career to dealing with humanitarian crises throughout the world…until he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2003. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Samantha Power's new book about the former UN High Commissioner is Chasing the Flame.

Event: Samantha Power will be in ...

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Arts Education in NYC Public Schools

When funding for public schools is cut, arts education is usually the first to go. Richard Kessler of The Center for Arts Education and Councilmember Robert Jackson talk about the state of arts education in NYC’s public school system.

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Antonio Skarmeta: The Dancer and the Thief

Antonio Skarmeta, author of The Postman, has set his latest novel in Chile. It’s called The Dancer and the Thief.

Events: Antonio Skarmeta will be speaking and signing books
Thursday, February 21 at 4 pm
Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway (at 114th Street)

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The Frog From Hell

A team of researchers has discovered the remains of what may be the largest frog ever to exist. The 16-inch, 10-pound ancient frog was found in Madagascar, and may be genetically linked to frogs living today in South America. Paleontologist Dr. David Krause explains more about what he calls "the ...

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Underreported: Iron Ladies of Liberia

Since becoming President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has appointed women to key positions throughout the government. These women call themselves "Iron Ladies of Liberia." On today’s Underreported, we’ll find out more about these powerful women, and what they’re doing to help Liberia recover from its brutal civil war. Jonathan Stack ...

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