The State of Iraq; Life in the Minor-Leagues; Edmind White's Paris; Corporate Control of the Nation's Meat

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali talks about why his countrymen maintain a strong sense of national identity, despite increasing sectarianism and pervasive government corruption. John Feinstein takes us inside the colorful world of Triple-A minor-league baseball. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Undermine Democracy in Iraq

Iraqi lawyer Zaid al-Ali argues that the poorly planned U.S. intervention destroyed the Iraqi state, creating a black hole that corrupt and incompetent members of the elite have made their own. He looks at what's happened to Iraq’s people, their government, and their nation’s since the United States-led invasion in 2003. His book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence, and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy looks at the many problems the country is dealing with: bombings, increasing sectarianism, and pervasive government corruption.

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Life in the Minor Leagues

"Triple-A is the hardest job in baseball, because nobody wants to be there—not just players, but umpires, announcers, managers, everyone would rather be in the big leagues," baseball author John Feinstein.

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Fifteen Years in Paris

When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.


Chickens Go in and Nuggets Come Out

Factory farms have been blamed for all kinds of problems – from the treatment of the animals they raise and slaughter to the pollution they create to the safety of the meat they produce. But they're also responsible for another problem: The disappearance of small, independent slaughterhouses across the country.

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