Legends in Their Own Time

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Friday, August 27, 2010

We’ll speak with a former Congolese child solder who escaped his homeland and then later joined the U.S. Marines. Then, Ghita Schwarz discusses her novel Displaced Persons. Also, Vincent Cassel talks about starring as a famous French gangster in the biopic “Mesrine.” Plus, Please Explain is all about jet lag.

From Child Soldier to U.S. Marine

Tchicayo Missamou gives an account of his experience as a child soldier in Congo and his journey to America. In his book In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood, and America, he tells the story of the horrific civil war in his country, becoming a soldier at 11, having to flee his country at 18, and eventually making his way to America, where he joined the Marines.

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Ghita Schwarz's novel Displaced Persons

Ghita Schwarz discusses her debut novel, Displaced Persons. The story moves from the Allied zones of postwar Germany to New York City, and explores grief and anger, memory and survival, and the experiences of "displaced persons" struggling to remake their lives in the decades after World War II.

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Vincent Cassel

French actor Vincent Cassel discusses his role as notorious French gangster Jacques Mesrine in the two-part biopic “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” and “Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1.” The film gives an account of Mesrine’s criminal career. He committed numerous robberies, kidnappings, and murders, and managed to escape from prison three times. “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” opens Friday 27, and “Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1” opens September 3 at teh AMC Empire 25 and the Angelika Film Center.

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Please Explain: Jet Lag

As summer nears its close, many of us are flying away to get our last taste of summer vacation, but nothing ruins a good jaunt to Europe like a bout of jet lag. In fact, jet lag was once considered such a problem that Congress set up a special unit at NASA devoted to studying the condition. Joining us to explain why jet lag occurs and how we can prevent it are Dr. Kevin Gregory, a former scientist at the NASA Jet Lag Center and the current senior scientist at Alertness Solutions Inc., and Dr. David M. Rapoport, Director of the Sleep Medicine Program at NYU Medical School.

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