A Child Custody Case in California; "Lenny Cooke," a Documentary; Jesse Eisenberg

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Rachel Aviv tells the story of Niveen Ismail, whose young son was taken away from her and put up for adoption by the state of California, despite her fight to get him back. Lenny Cooke, director Benny Safdie, and producer Adam Shopkorn on the documentary, “Lenny Cooke,” about why Lenny, who was rated higher than Lebron James when he was in high school, never played in the NBA. Jesse Eisenberg talks about the publication of his second play, “The Revisionist.”

Where Is Your Mother? A Child Custody Case in California

Rachel Aviv, staff writer for The New Yorker, recounts the story of Niveen Ismail, a mother whose young son was put up for adoption by the state of California despite her multi-year fight to prove she was fit to remain his parent. She writes about the case in her article “Where Is Your Mother” is in the December 2 issue of The New Yorker.

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"Lenny Cooke"

Producer Adam Shopkorn and director Benny Safdie talk about the documentary “Lenny Cooke,” along with Lenny Cooke, the subject. In 2001, Cooke was the most hyped high school basketball player in the country, ranked above future greats LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. A decade later, Lenny has never played in the NBA. The film takes a candid look at the unfulfilled destiny of a man for whom superstardom was out of reach. "Lenny Cooke" opens December 6 at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Monroe theater.

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Jesse Eisenberg Calls From a Cracker Barrel To Talk About "The Revisionist"

His new play is about a young writer who arrives in Poland with a case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone.

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What New DNA Analysis Reveals about Inbreeding among Ancient Humans

Researchers recently analyzed bones that date back more than 300,000 years that were found in Spain. Wall Street Journal science writer Robert Lee Hotz explains why the DNA in those bones reveals that inbreeding among ancient humans was more widespread than scientists had previously thought. 


HIV Disclosure Laws

Thirty-five states have laws which make it a crime for an HIV positive person to not disclose their status before having sex with a partner. In 29 of those states, it's a felony to expose someone to HIV - even if the infected person has taken measures to protect their partner and whether or not the virus is actually transmitted. These laws are controversial- and many of the cases reveal the problems of mixing law enforcement and public health. Sergio Hernandez discusses his article "Sex, Lies & HIV: When What you Don’t Tell Your Partner Is a Crime," which was co-published by ProPublica and Buzzfeed.

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Tributes: Andre Schiffrin

Andre Schiffrin was a force of nature in the publishing world for 50 years.  He championed the work of Jean-Paul Sartre, Gunter Grass, Simone de Beauvoir, and Julio Cortazar, among many others, first at Pantheon, before founding the independent New Press.  He died in Paris at the age of 78.  And you can hear his interview with Leonard from September 2000, when he discussed his polemical memoir, The Business of Books.

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