Nuclear Cleanup; Soldier of Fortune; the Novel Quiet Dell; "Running from Crazy"; Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

We’ll look at what the Wall St. Journal uncovered during a year-long investigation into the disturbing debris left from a nuclear cleanup effort of materials that date back to the Cold War. Robert K. Brown talks about his bizarre military career and founding the magazine Soldier of Fortune. Jayne Anne Phillips on her latest novel, Quiet Dell. Filmmaker Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss collaborating on the documentary, “Running from Crazy,” about the legacy of suicide in the Hemingway family. Plus, we'll discussTony-winner Julie Taymor’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy

John Emshwiller, the lead reporter on the Wall Street Journal’s year-long investigation on a nuclear cleanup effort, discusses the enormous job of cleaning up job of nuclear contamination that occurred during the Cold War—Waste Lands: America's Forgotten Nuclear Legacy. Residue, left by the routine processing as well as the occasional mishandling of nuclear material, exists in almost three dozen states. Emshwiller discusses how those cleanup efforts have been carried out and what the public knows about them.

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Robert K. Brown, Soldier of Fortune

Robert K. Brown, former Green Beret, who was kicked out of Special Forces twice, talks about finding his true calling as a publisher. He launched an upstart magazine called Soldier of Fortune, which pushed the bounds of journalism to its limits. His book I Am a Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils tells his own story, taking the readers into combat zones with him and his daring combat journalists. 

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Quiet Dell, by Jayne Anne Philips

Jayne Anne Philips talks about her new novel, Quiet Dell, which is based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows— a story that has haunted the author for more than four decades. 

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Mariel Hemingway "Running from Crazy"

Director Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss their documentary "Running from Crazy," which focuses on Mariel Hemingway,  granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family's long history of mental illness and suicide. Mariel advocates for suicide prevention and strives to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle. "Running from Crazy" is playing in New York at the Angelika Film Center.

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Julie Taymor's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor discusses directing Theatre for a New Audience’s inaugural production of Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream."

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