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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nobel Laureate Dr. James Orbinski discusses his experiences treating victims of the Rwandan genocide and what role he thinks humanitarian organizations should play in the 21st century. Then, we look at how some catastrophes like the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and Hurricane Katrina can have positive social outcomes. Also, Stanley Tucci on directing the film "Blind Date" and the Broadway revival of "Lend Me a Tenor." Plus, on our latest Underreported, journalist Scott Anderson explains why an imporant story he wrote about Russia for GQ magazine was never published or promoted in that country.

An Imperfect Offering

Dr. James Orbinski helped establish the Canadian chapter of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders/MSF). He served as Chef de Mission for MSF in Kigali in 1994, as Rwanda descended into civil war and genocide. In An Imperfect Offering, Orbinski writes about the effects of witnessing that conflict, and he ...

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A Paradise Built in Hell

Rebecca Solnit investigates why in the aftermath of a disaster people suddenly become altruistic, resourceful, and brave. In A Paradise Built in Hell, she looks at the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco to 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, among other crises, and describes how disasters can bring about social possibilities ...

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Stanley Tucci

Actor Stanley Tucci discusses directing and starring in "Blind Date," an English-language remake of Theo Van Gogh's award-winning 1996 Dutch film. He’s also directing the Broadway revival of "Lend Me a Tenor," and stars in the movie "The Lovely Bones," to be released in December.

"Blind Date" opens Friday, ...

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Underreported: None Dare Call it Conspiracy

An investigative report by Scott Anderson that looked into the roots of terrorist acts in Russia a decade ago appeared in the September issue of GQ magazine. But, unless you picked up the magazine and thumbed through its 300-plus pages, you probably didn’t know that because Condé Nast, which publishes ...

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