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Friday, November 05, 2010

Social scientist Scott Atran traces terrorism's root causes in human evolution and history. Then, biographer Antonia Fraser discusses her life with the Nobel prize winning playwright Harold Pinter. Also, director Laura Israel and cartoonist Lynda Barry talk about the film “Windfall” and the controversy over whether communities should welcome wind turbines. Plus, Please Explain is all about running, just in time for the New York City marathon.

Talking to the Enemy

Social scientist Scott Atran traces terrorism's root causes in human evolution and history. In Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists he touches on the nature of faith, the origins of society, the limits of reason, and the power of moral values. He interviews and investigates Al Qaeda associates and acolytes, and other non-Qaeda groups, such as Hamas and the Taliban, and the communities they live in: from the jungles of Southeast Asia to New York, London, and Madrid.

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Antonia Fraser Remembers Harold Pinter

Prize-winning biographer Antonia Fraser discusses her life with playwright Harold Pinter, one of the literary world's most celebrated marriages. Her memoir Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter is a love story and an insightful account of their years together, from their initial meeting through their shared devotion to their work, their crises and laughter, through his death in 2008.

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Windfall

Director Laura Israel and cartoonist Lynda Barry talk about the controversy over wind turbines. Israel directed “Windfall,” a revealing look at wind energy that tells the story of residents of Meredith, NY, who are divided when companies want to build wind turbines in the traditional dairy farm community. “Windfall” is playing as part of DOC NYC Friday, November 5, and Monday, November 8, at IFC Center. Lynda Barry is researching a book on homes near turbines. Her latest book is titled Picture This.

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Please Explain: Running

The New York City Marathon is this Sunday, and thousands of runners will be racing through all five boroughs. On today's Please Explain, we'll find out what’s involved with completing the marathon’s 26.2 miles. David Willey, Editor-in-Chief of Runner's World magazine and Charlie Butler, executive editor of Runner's World and co-author of The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter's Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete, join us now to talk about how runners race, train, deal with injuries, and how regular people can start running for exercise.

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Guest Picks: Laura Israel and Lynda Barry

Find out some of Laura Israel and Lynda Barry's favorite picks!

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