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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Guest host Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We’ll take a peek inside the upcoming memorial at Ground Zero with documentarian Steven Rosenbaum. Then, legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes talks about his Lincoln Center performance. Also, Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo talks about her career and new album. Plus, our latest Underreported segments are on human egg trafficking and the cocaine trade in Guinea-Bissau.

Steve Rosenbaum on the Memorial at Ground Zero

Documentarian Steve Rosenbaum discusses his project: videotaping and photographing construction at the memorial center at Ground Zero. An article about his work, "Inside the Future 9/11 Reliquary," appears in the September 13 issue of New York magazine.  Rosenbaum is also the director of the acclaimed documentary film "7 Days in September," which combined his own video footage with donated video footage of New Yorkers dealing with the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Roy Haynes

Jazz master and Grammy Award-winning drummer Roy Haynes talks about his career, which began with an apprenticeship with Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan, and he discusses his performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Angelique Kidjo

Grammy Award-winning artist Angelique Kidjo talks about her career as a singer-songwriter, and her latest album, “Oyo,” which embraces rhythm & blues, soul music, jazz, and Beniese melodies. The album features interpretations of songs from artists as diverse as James Brown, Otis Redding, Miriam Makeba, and Santana, and includes guests: John Legend, Bono, Roy Hargrove and Dianne Reeves.

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Underreported: Human Egg Trafficking

On today's first Underreported segment, Scott Carney, contributing editor at WIRED Magazine, tells us about the rise in human egg trafficking in Cyprus and Spain, and how loose regulations for egg donation and IVF in certain countries are resulting in a global egg trade. His article “Unpacking the Global Human Egg Trade” appears in the September issue of Fast Company

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Underreported: Guinea-Bissau's Cocaine Coast

In 2005, the small coastal West African nation of Guinea-Bissau was a poor, sleepy backwater whose main export was cashews. Now, in 2010, it is the hub of West Africa's burgeoning cocaine trade, and many observers believe that it is in danger of becoming a narco-state--completely at the whim of drug traffickers in Latin America and Hezbollah leaders who depend on a cut of a profits to fund their terrorist efforts. For today's second Underreported segment, James Traub, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, and Paolo Gorjao, the director of the Portuguese Institute of International Relations and Security, a think tank that focuses on Portugal and former Portuguese colonies like Guinea-Bissau, tell us how Guinea-Bissau became the hub of this new drug nexus.

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