The Whistleblower and the Informant

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Daniel Ellsberg and his wife Patricia Ellsberg tell the story behind his pivotal role in the release of the Pentagon Papers. They’re joined by one of the filmmakers who made a new documentary about them. Then, director and screenwriter Jane Campion on her new film, "Bright Star," which tells the story of the relationship between poet John Keats and his 18-year-old neighbor. Valeria Parrella discusses her book For Grace Received, four novellas set in Naples, Italy. Plus, Kurt Eichenwald on the eccentric FBI informant who blew the whistle on price-fixing at Archer Daniels Midland -- the basis for Steven Soderbergh's new film starring Matt Damon.

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Daniel Ellsberg and Patricia Ellsberg discuss Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers, and why he risked life in prison to bring a stop to the Vietnam war, which he had helped plan. They are joined by filmmaker Rick Goldsmith, a producer and director of the documentary "The Most Dangerous Man ...

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Bright Star

Academy Award-winning director Jane Campion talks about her new movie "Bright Star," which tells the story of Romantic poet John Keats, who wrote the love poem "Bright Star" for his 18 year-old next door neighbor Fanny Brawne. "Bright Star" opens in New York September 16th at Lincoln Plaza ...

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For Grace Received

Valeria Parrella discusses her book For Grace Received, made up of four novellas that paint a portrait of the vibrant, volatile, and complex Italian port city of Naples.

Event: Valeria Parella will be reading, speaking, and signing books, with A. M. Homes
Wednesday, September 16th, at 7:00 pm

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Week of the Collapse: Lehman Brothers

All this week we're telling the stories behind the unraveling of our financial system in two minutes or less. Today, we look at the one year anniversary of investment giant Lehman Brothers filing for bankruptcy. This segment contains excerpts from an interview we conducted in July of this year with ...


The Informant

Former New York Times investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald tells the true story of Mark Whitacre, a high-ranking executive at agribusiness giant Archer Daniel Midland (ADM), who blew the whistle on that company’s illegal price-fixing practices in the early 1990s and became an FBI informant. A major motion picture starring Matt ...

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Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze mixed grace with athleticism in his movies – and rose to stardom with roles in “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost.” He died just recently after a battle with pancreatic cancer. And you can hear his interview with Leonard Lopate from July 16, 2002, when he came by to discuss appearing in the film, “Green Dragon.”


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