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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Find out why studying the international humanitarian intervention in Somalia in the early 1990s may help us understand what’s happening in Iraq right now. And then we go literary! Phillip Lopate talks about his new book of 2 novellas; then Salman Rushdie on what he thinks the best short stories of 2008 are. Plus: a look at why the years between 1815 and 1848 were such a tumultuous time in American history.

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Phillip Lopate

Understanding the Humanitarian Intervention in Somalia

Find out why understanding the humanitarian intervention in Somalia in the early 1990s may help us understand what’s happening in Iraq, right now. Political scientist Kenneth Rutherford, who lost both his legs to a landmine in Somalia in 1993 when he was working for an NGO, is the author of ...

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Phillip Lopate’s New Novellas

Phillip Lopate is best known for his essays, but his acclaimed new book, Two Marriages, is a collection of two novellas. Each novella is a portrait of a complex marriage set in Brooklyn.

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The Best American Short Stories of 2008

Salman Rushdie talks about the best short stories of the past year. He’s edited The Best American Short Stories 2008, which features works by A.M. Homes, Jonathan Lethem, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and lots more.

Weigh in: What was your favorite short story published in the past year?

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America in the Age of Jackson

We look into why the years between 1815 and 1848 were such a tumultuous time in American history – and how the country dealt with controversies over slavery, capitalism, and urbanization. Historian and literary critic David S. Reynolds is the author of Waking Giant.

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