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Monday, November 01, 2010

Today's show is an encore of some of our favorite recent interviews. Technology journalist Julia Angwin discusses her latest series about the information that companies, websites, and even police agencies can collect about you based on your Internet searches. Then Thomas French gives an account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants, both animal and human. Mike Capuzzo and detective William Fleisher talk about their efforts to solve the world’s most perplexing cold cases. Rosanne Cash looks back on her life and development as an artist.

Tech Reporter Julia Angwin on "What They Know"

Julia Angwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology journalist for the Wall Street Journal, discusses her latest series for the newspaper, "What They Know" an exploration of the information that companies, websites, and even police agencies can collect on you based on your Internet searches.

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Zoo Story

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French gives an account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants: both animal and human. Based on six years of research, his book Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives follows a handful of characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: from an alpha chimp, to a ferocious tiger, to a brilliant but tyrannical CEO.

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The Murder Room

Bestselling author Mike Capuzzo and detective Willian Fleisher discuss the Vidocq Society—founded by three of the greatest detectives in the world: William Fleisher, Frank Bender, and Richard Walter, in order to bring together forensic investigators to solve cold cases. Capuzzo describes how the group was created and how they work in The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases.

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Rosanne Cash: Composed

Rosanne Cash talks about growing up as the child of country legend Johnny Cash, and of her relationships with her mother and her famous stepmother: June Carter Cash. Her memoir Composed is her account of her artistic development, recording her first album, and working her way to success. She talks about her marriages, the country music establishment, taking a new direction in her music, leaving Nashville to move to New York, and her process of songwriting.

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Former Kennedy speech writer Theodore Sorensen

Ted Sorensen

If we remember the words of John F. Kennedy’s speeches, it’s in large part thanks to Theodore Sorensen.  But Sorensen was far more than just a speechwriter—he in large part shaped the president’s image and legacy, serving as a political strategist and a key adviser. Leonard Lopate spoke to Ted Sorensen a number of times, and you can hear—and see a video of—his 2008 interview.


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