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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

We’ll learn about Bradley Birkenfeld, the UBS whistle blower responsible for exposing the biggest tax fraud in United States history and who is currently imprisoned. Then, we'll get an update on White-nose Syndrome. The latest installment of Underappreciated, our summer reading series, looks at the life and work of Louis Couperus, considered one greatest Dutch writers of all time. Also, a new documentary about atrocities in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on our confounding English Language.

Telling Swiss Secrets

Michael Bronner talks about his interview with Bradley Birkenfeld, the UBS whistleblower who was responsible for exposing the biggest tax fraud case in United States history. His five-part series for the Global Post, "Telling Swiss Secrets: A Banker's Betrayal," gives the play-by-play of the lead up to the exchange of information, exposes information about Birkenfeld's plea bargain, and explains why Birkenfeld, despite helping the government to get over $780 million from UBS, is still sitting in jail today.

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White-Nose Syndrome Worsening

Nina Fascione, Executive Director of Bat Conservation International, discusses new research that predicts regional extinctions of one of the most common bat species, the little brown myotis, within two decades due to White-Nose Syndrome. She’ll explain what White-Nose Syndrome is, the recent study, and efforts being made to save the species.

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Underappreciated: Louis Couperus

Our latest Underappreciated is all about writer Louis Couperus, considered to be one of the greatest Dutch novelists of his time. Author and literary critic Paul Binding and award-winning translator Ina Rilke join us to discuss the life and work of Couperus, whose 1889 novel Eline Vere launched his career as an author. A psychological novel inspired by the naturalist style of Zola and the innovative characterizations of Flaubert, this "novel of The Hague" presents readers with an entire society while simultaneously questioning its values.

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A Film Unfinished

Filmmaker Yael Hersonski, discusses “A Film Unfinished:” her acclaimed documentary about the atrocities in The Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The footage, shot by the Nazis in May 1942, became a resource for historians. However, the later discovery of a long-missing reel that included multiple takes with staged scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. “A Film Unfinished” presents the raw footage in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences, and explores the making of an infamous Nazi propaganda film. The film opens in New York August 18 at Film Forum and at Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Our word maven, Patricia T. O'Conner, answers questions about the English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, comes out next week. Have a question about language and grammar? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave us a question as a comment below.


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