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Thursday, April 15, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll speak with the filmmaker Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton, about the new documentary “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” a chronicle of the worldwide movement of ordinary people to defeat apartheid in South Africa. And Lisa Shannon talks about her decision to give up a comfortable life in Oregon to help women affected by the fighting in eastern Congo. Award-winning director Bill Forsyth looks back on his career and his films “Gregory’s Girl,” "Local Hero" and “Housekeeping.” Then Backstory is about Poland's 20-year transition out of communism. Plus, our latest Underreported examines Brazil’s use of biofuels...a mixed blessing because their ingredients are grown in areas that were once rainforest.

Have You Heard from Johannesburg

Director Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton discuss “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” Field's seven-film documentary on the worldwide movement to abolish South Africa’s racist system of Apartheid. “Have You Heard from Johannesburg” is playing at Film Forum April 14-27. More information, schedule, and tickets here.

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A Thousand Sisters

One afternoon in 2005 Lisa Shannon saw an episode of Oprah on women in Congo and the atrocities happening there, and it changed her life. She describes how she felt called to action, and how she began raising money to sponsor Congolese women and founded a national organization, Run for ...


Bill Forsyth

Award-winning independent Scottish writer and director Bill Forsyth talks about his career and making his films “Housekeeping,” “Local Hero,” and “Gregory’s Girl,” among others. 

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Backstory: Post Soviet Poland

We’ll take a look at how Poland has changed in the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union—and at the fallout from last week’s tragic plane crash—on today’s Backstory segment. We’ll be joined by Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University and a Poland expert. Mr. Snyder ...

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Undereported: Brazil, Biofuels, and Deforrestation

Plant-derived ethanol has long been touted as a green alternative to regular gasoline for cars. Since the 1970s, Brazil has embraced ethanol derived from sugar cane and lavished the sugar industry with government subsidies, making the biofuel cheap and plentiful. Today, 90% of new cars sold in Brazil can run ...

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Leonard's Questions: Bill Forsyth

Bill Forsyth enjoys W.C. Fields. He shared this, and more, after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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