Drugs, Draughts, Darwin and Dating

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Friday, February 13, 2009

On today’s show: We’ll learn about the drug war in Colombia through the eyes of a journalist who was held captive by Marxist narco-paramilitary forces there. Then, two of the stars of Martin McDonagh’s “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” Plus, we’ll celebrate the shared birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin with Adam Gopnik. And this weeks Please Explain is all about internet dating.

The Colombian Drug War

In 2006, independent journalist Garry Leech was held captive by Colombia’s largest left-wing paramilitary group, FARC, for 11 hours. Leech has spent 8 years reporting on the U.S. backed drug war in Colombia. The result is his documentary memoir Beyond Bogotá. You can view a photo diary from the ...

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The Cripple of Inishmaan

We'll talk to two of the stars of Martin McDonagh’s "The Cripple of Inishmaan" Kerry Condon and Aaron Monaghan. The play tells the story of a Hollywood filmmaker arriving on an island off the coast of Ireland in the 1930’s. It’s currently playing at the Atlantic Theater on an extended ...


Happy Birthday Darwin and Lincoln

In his new double biography Angels and Ages, New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik looks at the lives and legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both men were born 200 years ago.

Event: Adam Gopnik will be speaking and signing books
Friday, February 13 at ...

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Please Explain: Internet Dating

More than 35 million people are looking for love right now on the internet. The demand has led to an explosion of internet dating sites. Jennifer Gibbs is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Rutgers University. Gian Gonzaga is a research scientist at eHarmony Labs and the UCLA Interdisciplinary Relationship ...

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