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Ethical Parenting; The Collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf; Kevin Barry's Dark Lies the Island; GMOs in Hawaii; Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lisa Miller talks about whether it’s possible to be an ethical parent and what kids learn by watching us navigate the world. New Yorker writer James B. Stewart discusses the significance of the 2012 collapse of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Kevin Barry talks about his latest collection of stories, Dark Lies the IslandWe’ll find out why Hawaii has become a battleground for the debate over genetically modified crops. Plus, a look at the sites that have made the World Monument Fund’s annual watch list of endangered cultural heritage sites.


Is it Possible to Be An Ethical Parent?

Parents often engage in behavior that is various degrees of corrupt on behalf of their kids, and Lisa Miller, contributing editor for New York magazine, explains why.

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The Collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf

New Yorker staff writer James Stewart on the collapse of the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf, which was crippled by financial problems and partner defections, and filed for bankruptcy in May 2012, making it the largest law firm collapse in United States history. He’s written about it in the latest issue of The New Yorker.

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Kevin Barry's Dark Lies the Island

Kevin Barry talks about his new collection of stories about misspent love and crimes gone horribly wrong, Dark Lies the Island.

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The Battle Over GMOs in Hawaii

Adam Skolnick, author of the Salon article GMOs are Tearing a Tropical Paradise Apart, will talk about the legislative battles being waged over GMO seeds in Hawaii. With its fertile volcanic soil, Hawaii has become a hub for the development of genetically engineered crops like corn, and has more experimental GMO field trials than any other US state. While some claim that GMO seeds have saved local crops like papayas, and that the GMO industry is essential to Hawaii’s economy, others claim that the new crops are a health risk, exposing Hawaiians to dust and pesticides. 

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Endangered Cultural Heritage Sites

Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monument Fund, will talk about the organization's 2014 watch list of endangered cultural heritage sites. This year’s list includes 67 sites in 41 countries, and includes places both near (like the Hudson River Palisades) and far (like the city of Yangon, Myanmar).

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Our 2002 Interview with Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro

Earlier today, Canadian writer Alice Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2002 to discuss her story collection, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.

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