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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On today’s show, Bill McKibben talks about how we can deal with the challenges of an already warming planet. Then, Alice Walker gives a first-hand account of the devastation she’s seen in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and the Gaza Strip. Historian Hugh Ambrose talks about the companion book he wrote to the HBO miniseries "The Pacific." Plus, we’ll discuss whether “reality” culture—from Facebook to MTV’s "Jersey Shore" to the Balloon Boy—is a good or bad thing.

Pulitzer Prize Winners
Liaquat Ahamed won the Pulitzer Prize for History, for Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show February 4, 2009. You can listen to that interview here.

T. J. Stiles won the Pulitzer Prize for biography, for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. he was on the Leonard Lopate Show April 30, 2009. You can listen to that interview here.
He was also on the Leonard Lopate Show December 22, 2009, to discuss Robber Barons. You can listen to that interview here.

Life on Eaarth

Bill McKibben, founder of the environmental organizations Step It Up and, was one of the first to start issuing warnings about global warming. He discusses why he believes we’ve waited too long to act, and what we can do to adapt to climate change already under way. His ...

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Overcoming Speechlessness

Alice Walker talks about her trips to Rwanda and the eastern Congo to witness the aftermath of the genocide in Kigali, and to the Gaza Strip. In Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel, she bears witness to cruelty she saw, and presents ...

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The Pacific

Hugh Ambrose tells the story of the intertwined lives of four U.S. Marines and a U.S. Navy carrier pilot during World War II. His book The Pacific, companion to the HBO miniseries, the real-life stories of men who fought in the Pacific--from Bataan, Midway, and Guadalcanal to Peleliu, Iwo ...

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Reality Hunger

Reality TV has taken over the networks, and YouTube and Facebook dominate the Web. David Shields argues that our culture is obsessed with “reality” because we experience hardly any in our real lives. In Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, he explores the bending of form and genre and the blur ...

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Leonard's Four Questions: Alice Walker

Is Alice Walker an insomniac or a napper? Find out!


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