Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial; Rick Hall and "Muscle Shoals"; Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Black Sea Nettle (Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder)

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink reveals the shocking story behind patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We’ll take a look at Muscle Shoals—Rick Hall describes putting the small Alabama town on the map with his FAME studios where some of the greatest pop music hits of the past 50 years have been recorded. Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard on her work “Ona,” a 19-and-a-half foot tall piece that’s been permanently installed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Plus, a look at the military commission that will soon hear the trial of Abd al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind behind the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.

Sheri Fink on Five Days at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the quest for truth and justice following the storm. As floodwaters rose, the power failed, the heat climbed, and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately hastened the deaths of some patients. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the culmination of six years of reporting. 

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"Muscle Shoals"

Greg “Freddy” Camalier, director of “Muscle Shoals," and Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios, at the center of the film, talk about  Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where, even before the Civil Rights Movement took shape, the color of your skin didn't matter inside the studio. Some of the greatest Rock and Roll and Soul legends of all time recorded some of the most uplifting, defiant, and important music there. “Muscle Shoals" opens September 27 at the IFC Center in NY and nationwide on VOD.

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Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard

Sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard discusses her work and her sculpture “Ona,” a 19-and-a-half-foot tall, nearly 12-thousand-pound bronze art work that was commissioned as a permanent installation in the plaza in front of Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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The Trial of Abd al-Nashiri at Guantanamo

Lawrence Douglas tells us about his recent trip to Guantanamo to report on the preliminary hearings of Abd al-Nashiri, the senior Al Qaeda lieutenant who allegedly masterminded the attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000. After the extensive efforts on the part of the Obama administration to establish the legal legitimacy of these commissions, Douglas questions the possibility that al-Nashiri will receive a fair trial. His article “A Kangaroo in Obama’s Court” appears in the October issue of Harper’s.

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Climate Change Means Jellyfish and More Jellyfish

Lisa-ann Gershwin, jellyfish expert and author of Stung!, explains how warming and turbid water, lack of predators and competitors, low oxygen, and more acidic water are the conditions leading to an alarming and increasing rate of jellyfish in the oceans.

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Guest Picks: Ursula von Rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her sculpture, "Ona," which is permanently installed in the plaza at the Barclays Center. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to recently. (We do like her taste in radio stations...)


Guest Picks: Greg "Freddy" Camalier

Director Greg "Freddy" Camalier was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his documentary, "Muscle Shoals," about FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama where a host of musical greats have recorded. And we were joined by FAME owner Rick Hall. Camalier also told us what his rather specific comfort food is. 


Guest Picks: Rick Hall

FAME studios founder Rick Hall was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his career, recording Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and many, more musical greats in his studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He's the subject of a documentary called Muscle Shoals. He also told what he's been listening to recently. 


Drawing Guantanamo

Janet Hamlin has been the sole court illustrator documenting the trials at the US Prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2006. Her book, Sketching Guantanamo will be published in October. 

Valentino: How did you come to work at Guantanamo?

Hamlin: The Associated Press was one of my clients and it was their turn to pool report from Guantanamo. They sent me for the first three trips and after that I started going as a freelancer. So, I kind of had a rut in the road, having been there the first three times. And it is a strange venue.

Valentino: What’s strange about it?

Hamlin: Usually, in the United States we can sit in the same physical space as the charged person, but in GITMO we are in a walled, glassed-in booth in the back that’s soundproof. So, you’re drawing from a distance. You’re drawing from the back and you’re drawing with a sound delay. The other thing is you’re dealing with is the constraint of your work being signed off by the Pentagon or the Homeland Security officer. Everything has to be signed and labeled before it can go out to media.



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