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Monday, March 10, 2008

Human rights monitoring doesn't necessarily stop torture, according to an expert on government interrogation. He says it simply causes torturers to use techniques that leave no physical scars. Also: a man who spent a difficult decade in foster care as a kid. Alison Larkin’s debut novel. And we hear why second-world countries could eventually decide the fate of the world’s superpowers!

Guests:

Alison Larkin

The Powerful Second World

Second-world countries like Uzbekistan, Colombia, and Libya could eventually decide the fate of the world’s superpowers, says global politics expert Parag Khanna. His new book is The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order.

Event: Parag Khanna will be speaking and signing books
Monday, March ...

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A Tough Decade in Foster Care

Andrew Bridge spent a decade in foster care as a kid. In his new memoir, Hope’s Boy, he says that the foster care system too often hurts children instead of helping them.

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The English American

Alison Larkin’s semi-autobiographical novel, The English American, is about a British woman adopted as an infant who finds out that her birth parents were from the American South. She then moves to the US to be closer to them. It’s based on Larkin's one-woman show of the same title. ...

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Torture and Democracy

Human rights monitoring may not necessarily stop torture…it simply causes torturers to use techniques that leave no physical scars. Government interrogation expert Darius Rejali’s new exhaustive study of torture techniques is Torture and Democracy.

Events: Darius Rejali will be in conversation with Stacy Sullivan
Wednesday, March 12 at ...

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