Debunking Conventional Wisdom

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Monday, March 17, 2008

The Western media's news coverage of the Middle East has focused almost exclusively on Iraq. But what about the other 20 countries in the region? Veteran reporter Robin Wright discusses the future of the entire Middle East. Also, one chimpanzee's attempt to learn sign language 30 years ago. Then, incoming Governor David Paterson’s swearing-in ceremony. Plus, Benjamin Black's new novel of murder and deception in 1950s Ireland.


Benjamin Black and Robin Wright

A Veteran Reporter Forecasts the Future of the Middle East

In its coverage of the Middle East, the Western media has focused almost entirely on Iraq. In Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East, Washington Post reporter Robin Wright draws on her three decades of experience to provide a more balanced view of the region's people, ideas, ...

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The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Nim Chimpsky was the subject of an experiment in the 1970s to find out whether a chimpanzee could learn American Sign Language, and thus, debunk the theory that language is unique to humans. Elizabeth Hess tell Nim’s story in Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human.

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Incoming Governor David Paterson’s Swearing-In

Incoming Governor David Paterson is succeeding Eliot Spitzer as governor of New York. Leonard talks with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Elaine Rivera (from Albany) following Mr. Paterson's swearing-in ceremony.

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Murder in 1950s Ireland

In The Silver Swan, his follow-up to last year's acclaimed crime novel Christine Falls, Benjamin Black (pseudonym of Booker Prize-winner John Banville) revisits 1950s Ireland as the pathologist Garret Quirke tracks down a young woman's dubious suicide.


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