Japan in 1941; Rhino Records; Paul Auster's Early Life; Disappearring Monarch Butterflies; Bruce Dern

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Eri Hotta takes a look at the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese point of view and examines Japan’s leaders entered a war they thought they were likely to lose. Harold Bronson tells the story of his Rhino Records, which was born in the backroom of a record store in the 1970s. Paul Auster discusses his early intellectual life— from his love of cartoons to writing his first poem at the age of 9. We’ll find out why scientists are worried about the monarch butterfly population. And Bruce Dern talks about playing Woody in Alexander Payne’s latest film, “Nebraska.”

Japan 1941

Eri Hotta considers the attack on Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective and argues that when Japan launched hostilities against the United States in 1941, its leaders largely understood they were entering a war they were almost certain to lose. Her book Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy poses an essential question: Why did these men—military men, civilian politicians, diplomats, the emperor—put their country and its citizens so unnecessarily in harm’s way? She draws on material little known to Western readers to find an answer.

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The Rhino Records Story

Harold Bronson tells how he and Richard Foos founded a record label in the back of a record shop in the 1970s. In The Rhino Records Story he tells how the little record shop became a multimillion dollar corporation.

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Paul Auster's Report from the Interior

Novelist Paul Auster discusses his new autobiography, Report from the Interior. It charts Auster’s moral, political, and intellectual journey as he grew up through the postwar 1950s and into the turbulent 1960s.


Where Are the Monarchs?

This year, the annual migration of monarch butterflies was just 3 million, down from 60 million the year before. New York Times contributor Jim Robbins talks about why some experts are worried that the migratory pattern could be on the brink of collapse. His article, “The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear,” was in the Sunday Review on November 24.

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Bruce Dern on "Nebraska"

Bruce Dern discusses his role in Alexander Payne’s latest film, “Nebraska.” He plays Woody, who has early symptoms of dementia and thinks he’s won a $1 million prize. He leaves his home in Montana to walk to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he thinks he can collect the money he’s won. His son, played by Will Forte, decides to drive him when he can’t convince him the prize isn’t real. 

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