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Monday, June 23, 2008

Karl Rove has become a mythic figure in the political world. We take a look at the man behind the myth. Also, hear the story of how one woman confronts her family's past as prominent slave traders. Federico Garcia Lorca's 1929 poems, written in New York City during a difficult time in his life. Plus: is the human brain an elegant organ, or a clumsy contraption?

Karl Rove: Man and Myth

Karl Rove has become a kind of mythic kingmaker in the public imagination. Paul Alexander’s new book about the man behind the myth is The Rise and Fall of Karl Rove.

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Confronting a Family’s Slave-Trading Past

Katrina Browne’s forefathers were members of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Browne’s new film about confronting her family’s history and legacy is "Traces of the Trade." It airs nationwide on PBS on June 24. It will also be screened at the Human Rights Watch ...

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Garcia Lorca in NYC, 1929

When Federico Garcia Lorca attended Columbia University for one difficult year in 1929, he wrote some remarkable, strange, and beautiful poems. They’ve now been published in a new bilingual edition called Poet in New York; Pablo Medina and Mark Statman are the translators.

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Clumsy Brain

Is the human brain an elegant, sophisticated organ? Or is it a clumsy, haphazard construction? NYU psychologist Gary Marcus’s new book about how to adapt to the brain’s flaws is Kluge.

Event: Gary Marcus will be speaking
Tuesday, June 24 at 6:30 pm
American Museum of Natural ...

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