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Thursday, June 18, 2009

We’ll get an update on human trafficking and slavery taking place right here in the United States. Then, Susan Sellers on the relationship between sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. And Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne on why 1939 was such a great year for films. Also, the latest on the Iranian political crisis and its effect on its troubled neighbor, Iraq. Plus, Underreported examines why the Brazilian government is building walls around Rio de Janeiro’s shantytowns.

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The Slave Next Door

Kevin Bales and Ron Soodalter expose the disturbing phenomenon of human trafficking and slavery currently going on in the United States, and look at how it can be stopped. The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today weaves together accounts from slaves, slaveholders, and traffickers, as ...

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Vanessa and Virginia

Susan Sellers on her first novel, Vanessa and Virginia. Written from the perspective of Vanessa Bell to her sister Virginia Woolf, this novel plumbs the relationships between the women, their family, and their bohemian Bloomsbury set.

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Hollywood's Greatest Year

Robert Osborne, author of 80 Years of the Oscar and on-air host of Turner Classic Movies, provides insight into what made 1939 such an incredible year for film. He's hosting the Academy’s summer screening series "Hollywood's Greatest Year: The Best Picture Nominees of 1939." The 10-film event, which includes Monday ...

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Update on Iran

Kevin Sullivan, foreign editor of the Washington Post, gives us an update on what’s going on Iran, including today’s protest in support of opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

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Underreported: Middle Eastern Reaction to Iranian Turmoil

Iraq, like Iran, is one of the few the countries in the world with a Shi'ite Muslim majority. And though the two countries were long rivals, many of today's Iraqi leaders — especially Shi'ites — spent the Saddam Hussein years as guests of the mullahs in Tehran. On today’s first ...

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Underreported: Eco-Barriers in Brazil

Walls are going up around the slums of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian government is calling them "eco-barriers," designed to prevent Rio’s shantytowns from spilling into the city’s heavily forested hillsides, but opponents of the walls see them as a form of "geographic discrimination" that imprisons the residents. On today’s ...

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