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Pursuing Promising Drugs; Egyptomania; "Young Lakota"; the ACLU and NSA Surveillance

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Wall St. Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus describes following a group of parents and scientists for six years, as they worked together to find a treatment for a rare and fatal genetic disease. Bob Brier looks at why we’re still obsessed with the mummies, pyramids and hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt after 3,000 years. Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt tell us about their documentary “Young Lakota,” about the political awakening of a Lakota woman, Sunny Clifford, who also joins us. And the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer gives us an overview of what we now know about the government’s surveillance programs.

A Fight to Save Kids and Change Science

Wall Street Journal reporter Amy Dockser Marcus discusses her investigative health piece, “Trials.” For six years, The Wall Street Journal followed a group of parents and scientists seeking a treatment for a rare and fatal genetic disease (Niemann-Pick Type C) that strikes primarily children. Their collaboration accelerated development of a promising drug and, along the way, pushed the boundaries of medical science itself.

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Egyptomania

Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, discusses our 3,000-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. His book Egyptomania draws on his personal collection and is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

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“Young Lakota"

Producers/directors Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt talk about their documentary “Young Lakota,” along with Sunny Clifford, who’s featured in the film. It follows Sunny, a young Lakota woman who returns to the Pine Ridge Reservation with a dream to change the world around her. Her political awakening begins when the tribe’s first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the reservation. “Young Lakota” is playing as part of Independent Lens on PBS on November 25, at 10:00 p.m.

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Government Surveillance and You

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union and director of the ACLU’s Center for Democracy, connects the dots on government surveillance: where we are, where we need to go, and how to get there. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the NSA’s phone records collection program, and Jaffer is arguing against the Justice Department attorneys.

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