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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Guest host Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. Hear the story of the Gallo brothers—three gangsters who revolted against New York City’s Mafia. Then, Michael Rosen talks about how his son's game of pick-up baseball changed the lives of a group of neighborhood kids. And a new documentary about an Internet millionaire who takes voyeurism and surveillance to unheard-of levels. Plus, Underreported looks into the British government’s decision to seize control of a small island group in the Caribbean, and we’ll also get an update on electoral shenanigans in Gabon.

The Mad Ones

Tom Folsom tells the complete story of the rise and fall of the Gallo brothers—Crazy Joe, Kid Blast, and Larry Gallo—three reckless young gangsters who revolted against New York City's Mafia. His book The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld, chronicles ...

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What Else But Home

When Michael Rosen’s seven-year-old son Ripton decided to join a pick-up game of baseball with some older kids in the park and ended up inviting them into his family's life. In his book What Else But Home, Rosen tells how, over time, five of the boys—all black and Hispanic, ...

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We Live in Public

Award-winning director Ondi Timoner and Josh Harris discuss the new documentary "We Live in Public." It tells the story of the effect the Web is having on our society, as seen through the eyes of Harris, called "the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of." The film is ...

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Underreported: Elections in Gabon

President Omar Bongo of Gabon died this past June after four decades in office. Elections in the tiny African nation are slated for August 30th, but the vote is already mired in controversy. For our second Underreported, we’ll talk to Professor Douglas Yates, assistant professor of political science ...

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Underreported: Turks & Caicos

Earlier this month, Britain imposed direct rule on the Caribbean islands of Turks & Caicos. On this week’s first Underreported, Mark Wilson, a correspondent for The Economist, explains what led to the unusual decision and why Britain decided that removing the prime minister, dissolving the parliament, and suspending ...

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