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Monday, March 16, 2009

On today’s show: Richard Dowden talks about the challenges facing development in modern day Africa. We’ll also hear the story of how the only World War Two women’s orchestra avoided the gas chambers at Birkenau. Then, the American Sympony Orchestra’s Leon Botstein on the often overlooked composer William Grant Still. Plus, a discussion about forcing transparency on Swiss banking. And, the Wall Street Journal's Neal Boudette gives us an update on the auto industry bailout.

Inside Africa

Richard Dowden was Africa Editor for the UK’s Independent newspaper and held the same position for The Economist magazine. He’s currently director of the Royal African Society. In the book Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles he provides an in depth view of the worlds most ...

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Music in Desperate Times

Alice Radosh is the project director of "Music In Desperate Times: Remembering The Women's Orchestra of Birkenau." It’s based on memoirs and histories of survivors of the only women's orchestra to play in WWII concentration camps. The concert will recreate the unusual instrumentation of the orchestra: violins, mandolins, accordion, recorder, ...

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William Grant Still

The pioneering African-American composer William Grant Still (1895-1978) ranks among the greatest composers born and educated in the United States, rivaled only by Leonard Bernstein in the variety of his output. American Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Botstein joins us to discuss this under-appreciated genius and the upcoming concert “Revisiting ...

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Forcing the Swiss to Pick Sides

The secrecy of bank accounts in Switzerland has made them attractive places to hide money for years. David Rennie, EU correspondent for The Economist and Mathew Saltmarsh, Paris-based reported for the New York Times, explain why after almost 80 years the Swiss government will start cooperating with other countries and ...


On Second Thought, Keep (Part) of Your Bailout

Auto giant General Motors says it needs $30 billion in government bailout money, but last week the company dropped its request for an additional $2 billion in assistance to cover its operations in March. What’s going on here? Wall Street Journal Detroit Bureau Chief Neal Boudette joins us to talk ...


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