Transformative Years

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Guest host Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. Nicholas Schmidle describes the two transformative years he spent living in Pakistan. Then, Margot Mifflin on the life of Olive Oatman, a woman who was raised as a Mohave after being taken from her family. Also, artist Paula Nadelstern talks about her new quilting exhibit on view at the American Folk Art Museum. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at the human rights crisis in the Congo and at how the social networking site Facebook is positioning itself to tighten its grip on social media.

To Live or to Perish Forever

Nicholas Schmidle discusses the two years he spent in Pakistan. To Live or to Perish Forever explores the country’s short but turbulent history and reveals the two Pakistans the author discovered: one beautiful and friendly, the other frightening and deadly.

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The Blue Tattoo

Margot Mifflin tells the life story of Olive Oatman, who, when she was 13 years old, was adopted and raised by the Mohave tribe after Indians attacked her Mormon family on its journey west. In The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman Mifflin seeks to correct the myths ...

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Kaleidoscope Quilts

Quilter Paula Nadelstern talks about the exhibition of her work, "Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern." The exhibition is on view through September 13 at the American Folk Art Museum, at 45 West 53rd Street. More information here.

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Underreported: Humanitarian Crisis in the Congo

A joint military offensive against a group called the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ravaged parts of the country. It’s also created a dire situation for civilians, many of who have been forced to flee their homes. On today’s first Underreported we’ll ...


Underreported: The Facebook Empire

Last week, Facebook quietly bought FriendFeed, a platform that keeps track of just about everything you do online. On this week’s second Underreported, Chadwick Matlin, staff reporter for Slate’s, explains what the social networking site hopes to gain by buying FriendFeed.

Read Chadwick Matlin's article about the ...

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