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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

On today's show: A look at how Zimbabwe is dealing with the challenges of cholera, political chaos and a collapsed economy. Then, we’ll take you to a new exhibition of Egyptian sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum. Plus, a discussion about the lost art of penmanship. And, we’ll find out how Uranium has changed the world: from Utah to Africa to Hiroshima.

Zimbabwe in Crisis

Zimbabwe now has the lowest life expectancy in the world. After years of runaway inflation and economic troubles, the country also faces a cholera epidemic. Freelance reporter Peter Godwin and New York Times co-bureau Chief in Johannesburg Celia W. Dugger join us to discuss the situation in Zimbabwe, including how ...

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Egyptian Sculpture

Brooklyn Museum curator of Egyptian art Edna Russman discusses an exhibition of The Brooklyn Museum's permanent collection of late antique Egyptian stone sculptures, Unearthing the Truth: Egypt's Pagan and Coptic Sculptures, which includes and many tomb portraits featuring both Christian and pagan imagery, as well as several examples ...

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Script and Scribble

In our increasingly electronic world penmanship is a lost art. In her book Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwritting Kitty Burns Florey ruminates on the end of handwriting instruction in our public schools and the decline of scriptwriting in our society.

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The Rock that Shaped the World

Uranium may just look like yellow dirt, but it's altered the course of human history and shaped the modern world. In his new book Uranium: War, Evergy and the Rock that Shaped the World reporter Tom Zoellner examines the paradox of this powerful element: that the stability of our ...

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