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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Former New York Times reporter Jere Van Dyk describes what happened when he was kidnapped and imprisoned for 45 days by the Taliban, in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Then, David Lipsky, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, talks about his travels with the late David Foster Wallace. And Bret Easton Ellis discusses his latest novel, Imperial Bedrooms, about a successful screenwriter whose life careens completely out of control. Plus, learn the history of ACORN, and what it was long before it became one of the political lightning rods of the 2008 election.

Jere Van Dyk on His Time as a Taliban Prisoner

Reporter Jere Van Dyk discussed his many years of experience reporting in Afghanistan, and told the story of being ambushed and kidnapped by the Taliban in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where no Westerner had ventured for years.

In Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban he tells the gripping story of his 45 days in a Taliban prison.

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David Lipsky’s Road Trip with David Foster Wallace

David Lipsky, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, talks about traveling with David Foster Wallace during his Infinite Jest tour, the novel that made him famous.  Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace is a biography told over five days, in which Wallace tells Lipsky remarkable things about his life, how he feels, what he thinks, what terrifies, fascinates, and confounds him.

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Bret Easton Ellis’s Novel Imperial Bedrooms

Bret Easton Ellis discusses his latest novel, Imperial Bedrooms. It tells the story of Clay, a successful screenwriter who has returned from New York to Los Angeles to help cast his new movie, and ends up drifting through his circle of old friends. Then his life careens completely out of control.

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Inside ACORN

John Atlas goes beyond the headlines of the last Presidential campaign to describe what really happened in ACORN's massive voter registration drives, why it triggered an unrelenting attack by Fox News and the Republican Party, and how it confronted its internal divisions and scandals. In Seeds of Change:The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group, he tells the history of the organization.

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