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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Stephen Kinzer explains why Turkey and Iran will be crucial to American foreign policy in the 21st century. Then, as kids finish school and get ready for summer camp, we’ll take a look at life at the Stagedoor Manor, one of the best-known theater camps. And Jennifer Egan discusses her new novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. On Backstory, we’ll find out why the sentences handed down this week for the Union Carbide Bhopal chemical disaster have sparked outrage in India. And on Underreported, we’ll look at the controversy surrounding commercial whaling.

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Stephen Kinzer explains what he thinks the United States can do to help realize its dream of a peaceful, democratic Middle East.

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Theater Geek

Mickey Rapkin reveals what Natalie Portman, Robert Downey, Jr., Zach Braff, and Mandy Moore have in common—before they were stars, they were campers at Stagedoor Manor, the premier summer theater camp for children and teenagers.

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Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan talks about her latest novel, A Visit From the Goon Squad . It touches on how rebellion ages, influence corrupts, habits turn to addictions, and lifelong friendships fluctuate and turn, and chronicles how and why we change, even as the song stays the same. 

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Backstory: Bhopal Sentencing

Mark Hertsgaard, a fellow at The Open Society Institute and The Nation's environment correspondent, talks about the ruling and the environmental legacy of the Bhopal catastrophe.

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Underreported: The Whaling Moratorium

Philip Hoare, author of The Whale: in Search of the Giants of the Sea , discusses this month’s International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco. On the agenda is a repeal of the 1986 moratorium which outlawed the hunting of great whales.

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Leonard's Questions: Mickey Rapkin

Mickey Rapkin enjoyed reading Julia Child's memoir. Find out what other picks he revealed to us during his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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