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Thursday, April 29, 2010

We’ll look into the life and influences of James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the international manhunt to find him. Then, Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas on why America wanted to go to war in 1898...and how the opportunity presented itself after the USS Maine was blown up. Also, Jean Kwok on her debut novel Girl in Translation. Plus our latest Backstory segments look at the UK election and Hungary’s 20-year transition from communism.

Hellhound in Memphis

Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin, and Stephen Ives, director of the documentary "Roads to Memphis," talk about James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther ...

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War Lovers

Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, Evan Thomas, discusses how Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst fabricated evidence of a Spanish attack and pressed President McKinley to start the Spanish-American War. In The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898, he ...

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Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok discusses her debut novel, Girl in Translation, which tells the story of Kimberly Chang, who emigrates with her mother from Hong Kong to Brooklyn and begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker at night.

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Backstory: The UK Elections

British voters will head to polls next week to decide whether Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be replaced. On this edition of Backstory, Alex Barker, political correspondent for the Financial Times, and John Burns, London bureau chief for the New York Times, explains what the major issues have been in ...

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Backstory: Post Communist Hungary

We’ll take a look at how Hungary has changed in the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union—and at the fallout from the main Hungarian center right party declaring victory in the recent parliamentary elections. We’ll be joined by Paul Hockenos, a journalist and political analyst based in ...

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