1959: Farewell Batista, Hello Barbie

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Monday, March 09, 2009

On today’s show: We look at how the Cuban revolution is going half a century after Fidel Castro seized power. Then, we learn how one Iraqi General curried favor with Saddam Hussein’s regime. And we’ll talk to a sociologist about how we’re blurring the boundary between work and home. Plus, as Barbie turns 50 we’ll chat about the dark side of her manufacturer: Mattel.

A New Cuban Revolution?

Fidel Castro's Communist revolution in Cuba is now 50 years old. Though Fidel has ceded power to his younger brother Raul, there is a clear separation between the old guard and most of Cuba's younger generation. Peter Eisner is a senior correspondent for PBS's WORLDFOCUS; ...

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Saddam's Favorite General

In her book, The Weight of a Mustard Seed, Wendell Steavenson provides an intimate portrait of General Kamel Sachet, who was one of Saddam Hussein's favorite Generals. Steadfast in his loyalty to God and his President, Sachet attended military executions and endured his own imprisonment as Saddam's behavior took ...


Blackberry Boundaries

Does it feel like you never leave the office, even when you're home? Do you ever scroll through e-mails on your Blackberry while having a conversation with your child? Acclaimed sociologist Dalton Conley looks at how technology has erased the boundary between public and private space, work an leisure in ...

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Barbie's Dream House?

Who could imagine that Mattel, the toy company that brought us such icons as Barbie, Chatty Cathy, and Hot Wheels, had a dark side? In Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel, published in time for Barbie’s 50th birthday, Jerry Oppenheimer looks at the company’s cast of characters ...

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