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Monday, March 02, 2009

On today's show: We’ll talk to former New Yorker staff writer Dan Baum about the people of New Orleans. Then, we'll speak with Daniyal Mueenuddin about his new collection of stories about Pakistan. Plus, a discussion with film critic Molly Haskell about why the movie version of "Gone with the Wind" still holds up. Followed by Jeffrey Couchman on a different, often-overlooked, cinematic gem: "The Night of the Hunter." And finally we’ll hear from Chuck Sudetic about the trials and tribulations of the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.

Nine Lives

After Hurricane Katrina, Dan Baum moved to New Orleans to write about the city’s response to the disaster for The New Yorker. He quickly realized that Katrina was not the most interesting thing about New Orleans, not by a long shot. His book Nine Lives is a multi-voiced biography ...

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Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Writer Daniyal Mueenuddin spent his early childhood in Pakistan, then lived in the United States. His book Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection of linked stories that illuminate a place and a people by looking at the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers in the countryside outside ...

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Frankly My Dear

According to film critic Molly Haskell the film “Gone with the Wind” never should have worked, but it does. Haskell examines how the story takes different shades of meaning that are still relevant today in her book Frankly My Dear: Gone with the Wind, Revisited.

Event: Molly Haskell will ...

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Night of the Hunter

In his book, Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film, Jeffrey Couchman looks at how the hit 1953 book by Davis Grubb was turned into a much overlooked cinematic gem.

Event: There's a screening of Charles Laughton’s “The Night of the Hunter” and a talk by Jeff ...

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Madame Prosecutor

When she was Switzerland's Attorney General, Carla Del Ponte gained international recognition for pursing the Sicilian mafia. In the late 1990’s she was asked to be chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. Chuck Sudetic chronicles Del Ponte’s work in the book

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