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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The situation in Zimbabwe continues to worsen, and now the US has expanded sanctions against the country. Hear the latest news from Zimbabwe, and find out how things were allowed to deteriorate so badly. Also: a new one-man performance about growing up in 1970s Oakland. Francie Lin’s debut crime novel, The Foreigner. Plus, a look at where performing arts festivals in New York – and whether underserved communities are getting their fair share of them.

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Guests:

Francie Lin

Zero in on Zimbabwe

The situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate; now the US has just expanded its sanctions against the country. Former Africa Bureau Chief for Newsweek Joshua Hammer gives us the latest news from Zimbabwe, and explains why he calls South African President Mbeki "Mugabe's chief protector." His article for ...

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Growing Up in 1970s Oakland

Don Reed’s new autobiographical one-man show, "East 14th," chronicles his coming-of-age in 1970s Oakland as he struggles to break out of his conservative upbringing and find out who he is in a world of pimps, players, hustlers, and streetwalkers. It’s at New World Stages at 340 ...

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Taiwanese Criminal Underworld

Francie Lin’s debut, The Foreigner, is a crime novel set in Taiwan. It’s about a mild-mannered 40-year-old bachelor who becomes caught up in the Taiwanese criminal underworld thanks to his younger brother’s unsavory dealings.

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Arts in the Parks

We look into where free, large-scale performing arts festivals are happening in New York – and whether underserved communities are getting their fair share of them. Leonard talks to David Rivel, executive director of the City Parks Foundation. Also here is bachata music star Toby Love, who will ...

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