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Monday, April 06, 2009

On today’s show: We'll investigate the drag bribery has on the global financial system with Frontline Correspondent Lowell Bergman. Then, an exploration of how one woman's passion for bird-watching bordered between dedication and pathology. And Erik Kraft on his new comic novel Flying. Plus, the rise of MySpace.

Bribery on the Books

According to the World Bank, some multinational corporations have used bribery to get what they want for years. But all of that might be changing, thanks to a new investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. PBS’s Frontline, examines the world of corporate bribery in the new documentary

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Up with the Birds

Phoebe Snetsinger was a frustrated, depressed 1950’s housewife. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicated the rest of her life to bird watching. Olivia Gentile looks at Phoebe's life, her passion for birds and the line between dedication and pathological obsession in her book Life ...

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Flying

In Eric Kraft's new comic novel Flying a teenager builds an "aerocycle" in his parents garage and flys it across the country.

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Give Me MySpace

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Angwin chronicles how an idea at a Southern California spam mill became MySpace, the most visited website in America. Her book is Stealing MySpace.

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