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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We’ll talk to filmmaker Jon Alpert about “China’s Unnatural Disaster,” his Oscar-nominated documentary about the fallout from the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. And we’ll look into how technology has changed the lives of most librarians, and why one author thinks they remain essential in our Google-Wikipedia world. Then, John Banville discusses his new novel The Infinities, about the lives of the Greek Gods. Plus, journalist Jeff Biggers discusses the environmental -- and the human -- costs of strip mining.

Leonard Lopate has been with WNYC for 25 years! You’re invited to celebrate his anniversary at an star-studded roast on March 25th! Find out more and buy tickets here!

China’s Unnatural Disaster

Filmmaker Jon Alpert discuss his investigation into the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that destroyed many poorly constructed schools, killing an estimated 10,000 children. His documentary "China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province" follows parents who seek answers and are ignored and intimidated by the Chinese government, which attempted ...

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This Book is Overdue!

Marilyn Johnson explains how librarians can help us manage the myriad sources of information available to us —from paper and discs, books, e-books, and thumb drives. Her book This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All smashes the stereotypes of librarians and shows how they’re ...

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The Infinities

Novelist John Banville talks about latest book, The Infinities. It tells the story of a family that gathers together as the patriarch is dying. But the family is not alone—they’re joined by some mischievous immortals: Zeus, Pan, and Hermes.

Event: John Banville will be reading with Colum McCann

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Reckoning at Eagle Creek

Cultural historian Jeff Biggers gives an account of how strip-mining has destroyed his family’s nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead in southern Illinois. In Reckoning at Eagle Creek, he chronicles the legacy of coal outside of Appalachia.

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