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Monday, June 28, 2010

The final edition of our five-part series AIDS: Then & Now looks at how places around the globe are coping with the HIV pandemic. Then, we’ll examine the rising popularity of crystal methamphetamine in rural America. Also, Alan Furst discusses his latest novel, Spies of the Balkans. Plus, Robert Egan how he wound up being injected with the so-called “truth serum” by North Korean agents.

HIV and the World

In the final edition of our five-part series AIDS: Then & Now, we look at HIV around the World, and discuss how the virus has transformed lives all over the globe. Plus we’ll look at places where infection rates are changing: either raising or falling. We're joined by: Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department of the World Health Organization; Dr. Chris Beyrer, Professor, Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Gilles Van Cutsem, Medical Coordinator for Doctors without Borders.

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Methland

Journalist Nick Reding talks about how crystal methamphetamine has ravaged small towns in the American heartland. He tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa, a depressed town left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry and loss of residents, that is now coping with a meth epidemic. His book Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town is based on four years of reporting in Oelwein.

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Alan Furst’s Spies of the Balkans

Alan Furst discusses his latest novel, Spies of the Balkans. It’s set in a Greek port town in 1940 and tells the story of a man who risks everything to right the world’s wrongs.

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Eating with the Enemy

Robert Egan, a New Jersey restaurant owner, talks about how he ended up involved in the high-stakes diplomatic battles between the United States and North Korea. In Eating with the Enemy:How I Waged Peace with North Korea from My BBQ Shack in Hackensack, he describes befriending and advising the deputy ambassador to the United Nations and other North Koreans, informed for the FBI, and vexed the White House with his meddling, all in the interest of promoting peace.

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Leonard's Questions: Alan Furst

Alan Furst comes on the Leonard Lopate Show to discuss his new novel Spies of the Balkans, and tells us about some of his favorite picks!

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