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Thursday, July 15, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll get the latest in anti-aging research from a doctor and the director of the new film “To Age or Not to Age.” Then Graham Bowley gives an account of the dramatic tales of death and survival on K2. Also, Melanie Sumner talks about her novel, Ghost of Milagro Creek. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at the exploitation of migrant tobacco workers and at Turkey’s clashes with Kurdish separatists.

"To Age or Not to Age"

Robert Kane Pappas, director of the documentary “To Age or Not to Age,” and Dr. Leonard Guarente, featured in the film, talk about how pioneers in the field of anti-aging research are finding ways to postpone and even mitigate diseases tied to aging. 

Robert Kane Pappas, director of “To Age or Not to Age,” and Dr. Leonard Guarente, featured in the film, and Dr. Nir Barzilai, Director of the Institute of Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, talk about the pioneers in the field of anti-aging research at Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, and other research centers, and discuss ways to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging. “To Age or Not to Age” opens at Cinema Village East July 16.

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Life and Death on K2

Journalist Graham Bowley gives an account of one of the most dramatic tales of death and survival in mountaineering history—the tragic 2008 K2 ascent that claimed the lives of eleven climbers, severely injured two others, and made headlines around the world. His book No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 is based on in-depth interviews with surviving climbers and many Sherpas, porters, and family and friends of the deceased.

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Melanie Sumner’s The Ghost of Milagro Creek

Melanie Sumner discusses her novel, The Ghost of Milagro Creek, set in a barrio of Taos, New Mexico, where Native Americans, Hispanics, and Anglos live together. It’s a tale of star-crossed love, murder, and is a portrait of a troubled community.

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Underreported: The Exploitation of Migrant Tobacco Workers in Kazakhstan

According to a new report from Human Rights Watch, migrant tobacco workers in Kazakhstan have been exploited and even trapped on farms that supply Philip Morris’s Kazakhstan operation, and children as young as 10 were working on the farms. Rachel Denber, head of the European Division of Human Rights Watch, explains what conditions on these farms are like and the steps that Philip Morris has agreed to take to protect these workers.

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Underreported: Turkey and the Kurds

Turkey’s Kurdish region in the country’s southeast has exploded into violence once again. We’ll get the latest from Aliza Marcus, author of the book Blood and Belief: The PKK and the Kurdish Fight for Independence.

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