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Thursday, May 21, 2009

On today’s show: Warren Jeffs' nephew speaks out on how boys are treated by the Mormon splinter group, The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Then, Mark Kurlansky looks back at the forgotten literary treasures created by a New Deal writers program. And, wine journalist Benjamin Wallace talks about the strange world of rare wines. Plus, Rory Stewart on his experiences in Afghanistan and his outlook on its future.

Lost Boy

The Mormon splinter group, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FDLS) and their leader Warren Jeffs have been in the news lately for practicing polygamy. But in his memoir Lost Boy, one of Jeffs' nephews, Brent Jeffs, reveals the harsh treatment boys receive in the FDLS ...

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The Food of a Younger Land

The Federal Writers' Project in the 1930’s was part of FDR’s efforts under the New Deal to provide work for authors and artists. Under the program a number of writers were dispatched all across America to chonricle of lifestyles and traditions of local people, including cuisine. Mark Kurlansky looks at ...

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Rare Wines

In 1985 a member of the Forbes family spent $156,000 on a bottle of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson that was unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar. Journalist Benjamin Wallace looks into the story of the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold and at the bizarre and mirage-like ...

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The State of Afghanistan

Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan in 2002, and he served as a deputy governor of two provinces in southern Iraq in 2004. Last year he was appointed Ryan Professor of Human Rights at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Right Policy. He discusses ...

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