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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We’ll discuss the new field of fetal origins—which looks into how much we’re influenced by the conditions we encountered in utero. Then, James “Tappy” Wright talks about being a roadie and tour manager for some of the world's biggest music stars. Also, find out what’s contained in the three boxes of recently discovered Spanish Civil War photos from Robert Capa and others. Plus, Pulitzer Prize–winner Isabel Wilkerson chronicles the Great Migration, one of the great untold stories of American history.

How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

Journalist Annie Murphy Paul discusses the new field of fetal origins—which looks into how the conditions we encountered before birth influence our health, intelligence, and temperament. In Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, she interviews experts from around the world and explores the history of ideas and the latest scientific discoveries.

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Rock Roadie

James “Tappy” Wright talks about being a roadie and tour manager for some of the world's greatest music stars. In his book Rock Roadie: Backstage and Confidential with Hendrix, Elvis, The Animals, Tina Turner, and an All-Star Cast, he tells stories from the world of rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s.

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"The Mexican Suitcase" at ICP

Curator Brian Wallis, and Cynthia Young, exhibition organizer, discuss the “The Mexican Suitcase.” Considered lost since 1939, the so-called Mexican Suitcase is actually three boxes containing 4,500 negatives documenting the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), and Gerda Taro. The cache includes new images by these photographers and previously unknown portraits, and it not only provides a rich and panoramic view of the Spanish Civil War, but shows the role of these photographers in laying the foundation for modern war photography. “The Mexican Suitcase” is on view at the International Center of Photography September 24, 2010 through January 9, 2011.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens, who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, she tells this story through the lives of three individuals, and examines how the migration changed the face of America.

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