The Aftermath

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We’ll look at some of the horrific abuses that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as we approach the five-year anniversary of the storm. Then, our latest Underappreciated segment is about the life and work of John Williams. Also, Adam Langer talks about his novel Thieves of Manhattan. Plus, voice recognition software is getting so good that computers can now recognize emotion and detect deception. We’ll look at the latest developments in the technology!

Investigating in New Orleans: Five Years after Katrina

We’ll take a look at New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. Frontline correspondent and Pro-Publica reporter A.C. Thompson discusses the documentary “Law & Disorder:” a special report on a number of incidents in which police shot civilians in the hurricane’s aftermath. Also, Pro-Publica contributor Dr. Sheri Fink, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her story, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” a joint effort between the New York Times Magazine and Pro-Publica, discusses hospital abuses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Law and Disorder” airs Wednesday, August 25, at 9 pm ET on PBS.

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Underappreciated: John Williams

For our latest Underappreciated segment, Morris Dickstein, Distinguished Professor of English and Theatre at the CUNY Graduate Center, discusses John Williams: author of the 1965 novel, Stoner. The book’s main character, William Stoner emerges not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero; standing alone in unforgiving world.

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Adam Langer’s The Thieves of Manhattan

Novelist Adam Langer talks about his latest work, The Thieves of Manhattan, which serves as: a comical literary caper, an exploration of authenticity and fakery, and a tribute to books.


Computers and Language

Computers can speak and understand spoken language. They can also convert text to speech, speech to text, and so much more. Julia Hirschberg, Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University, and Steve Lohr, New York Times technology reporter, explain how computers can converse with humans, identify voices and dialects, detect deception, recognize human emotions, and generate images to illustrate text.

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