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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Captain Richard Phillips describes his experience being held hostage by Somali pirates. And we’ll find out how the death of Mark Twain's wife affected his personal and professional life. Also, novelist Thomas Kennedy talks about his latest book. Then, our latest Underreported segment looks at President Obama’s 2011 military budget…even when it’s adjusted for inflation it’s the largest defense budget ever! Plus, on Backstory, a former Obama administration lawyer looks at the fallout from the recent Net Neutrality ruling.

Dangerous Days at Sea

Richard Phillips, captain of United States-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama, discusses what happened when the ship was boarded last year by Somali pirates and took Captain Phillips hostage. The tense, five-day stand-off ended in a high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs. In A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, ...

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Mark Twain’s Other Woman

Preeminent Twain scholar Laura Skandera Trombley, talks about what happened during the years after the death of Mark Twain’s wife and how that time affected him personally and professionally. In Mark Twain’s Other Woman, Trombley draws on sixteen years of research, uncovering never-before-read papers and personal letters, to tell ...

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In the Company of Angels

Thomas E. Kennedy discusses his novel In the Company of Angels, about a Chilean exile in Copenhagen who was imprisoned and tortured by Pinochet's henchmen for teaching political poetry and a survivor of domestic abuse who and the two struggle to heal and to forgive those who have harmed ...

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Underreported: The Massive Obama 2011 Defense Budget

President Obama’s Nuclear Posture Review was released this week and has been hailed in some arms control circles for its limits on the first-use of nuclear weapons by the United States. But, the Obama Administration’s FY 2011 defense budget—even when adjusted for inflation—is larger than any Pentagon budget since World ...

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Backstory: Net Neutrality

We’ll take a look at just what Net Neutrality is and its uncertain future in the wake of Tuesday’s ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the FCC lacks the authority to make broadband providers treat all Internet traffic equally. University of Michigan Law School Professor Susan Crawford ...

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