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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Is there ever such a thing as a good war? Guest host Julie Burstein talks to Nicholson Baker about the uses of war, and the case for pacifism in our modern world. Also: poet Mark Doty. Then Ceridwen Dovey's debut novel. And Underreported looks into how women care for domestic water supplies around the world. Plus: restoring Iraq's marshlands.

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Guests:

Nicholson Baker, Julie Burstein, Mark Doty and Ceridwen Dovey

Is War Ever Good?

Nicholson Baker asks if there’s ever such a thing as a "good war" and makes a strong case for pacifism. His new book is Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization.

Event: Nicholson Baker will be in conversation with Simon Winchester
Thursday, March ...

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Mark Doty on Fire to Fire

Mark Doty is one of America’s most acclaimed modern poets. Fire to Fire contains some of Doty’s new work, as well as selections from his seven earlier books of poetry.

Event: Mark Doty will be speaking and signing books
Thursday, March 20 at 7 pm
McNally Robinson ...

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Blood Kin

Ceridwen Dovey’s debut novel, Blood Kin, is set in an imaginary dictatorship in a time of serious political instability.

Event: Ceridwen Dovey will be in conversation with Colum McCann
Thursday, March 20 at 7 pm
Tribeca Barnes & Noble
97 Warren Street (at Greenwich Street)

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Underreported: Women and Water

The burden usually falls to women to find and manage domestic water resources throughout developing countries in Africa and Asia. We look into why it’s so important for planners to involve women in developing sustainable water plans. Lydia Zigomo is a human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe who serves at WaterAid’s ...

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Underreported: Iraq’s Marshlands

The marshlands of southern Iraq and Iran were once the largest in western Eurasia, encompassing an area larger than the Florida Everglades. During the 1990s, under Saddam Hussein, damming and drainage projects almost completely destroyed them. It’s been called one of the world's greatest environmental disasters. Dr. Azzam Alwash of ...

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