Attacks in Afghanistan; "American Promise"; Alice McDermott's New Novel; TVA and Politics; Dying Moose

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Twelve years after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, we’ll look at why the number of attacks from within the Afghan security forces is on the rise. Directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson talk about their documentary, “American Promise,” which follows two African American boys over the course of 13 years. Alice McDermott discusses her latest novel, called Someone. We’ll look at why the Tennessee Valley Authority is coming under attack, just as it marks its 80th anniversary! And, we’ll find out the startling and mysterious increase in moose deaths.

Insider Attacks in Afghanistan

Journalist Matthieu Aikins lives in Kabul and has been reporting from Afghanistan since 2008. He examines the troubling rise and potential causes of “insider attacks” in Afghanistan and looks at whether we’ll ever be able to leave the country. His article “Portrait of an Assassin” is in the October 7 issue of Mother Jones.

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“American Promise,” a Documentary

Directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson discuss their documentary, “American Promise,” which spans 13 formative years in the lives of two young black boys, their son Idris and his best friend Seun, as they navigate an elite New York City prep school. The environment is still largely segregated by race, class and culture. It follows both boys as they face challenges at school and the pressures of growing up. “American Promise” opens at the IFC Center and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 18.

Joe Brewster and/or Michele Stephenson will be appearing in person and answering questions at the following screenings at IFC:
Friday, 10/18, at 7:00
Saturday, 10/19, at 1:10, 4:05, 7:00
Sunday, 10/20, at 1:10, 4:05, 7:00

Joe Brewster and/or Michele Stephenson will be appearing in person and answering questions at the following screenings at Film Society of Lincoln Center:
Friday, 10/18, at 8:00
Saturday, 10/19, at 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
Sunday, 10/20, at 2:00, 5:00, 8:00



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Alice McDermott's Someone

Alice McDermott talks about her latest novel, Someone . It’s about an ordinary life—its pains and joys, its clarity and confusion—lived by an ordinary woman from Brooklyn, and her recollections of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, and old age.


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Politics and the Tennessee Valley Authority

Tennessee Valley Authority is a government-owned corporation that provides electricity at prices below the national average for about 9 million people in parts of seven states in the southeast. It also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system. Ken Otterbourg talks about the why the TVA is currently in the political crosshairs. His article “Uncle Sam’s River” appears in the October 28 edition of Fortune magazine.

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What's Happening to the Moose?

Michelle Carstensen, wildlife health program Supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Kristine Rines, a certified wildlife biologist and moose project leader at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, and talk about why moose are disappearing and the challenges of studying why it’s happening.


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