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Edward Snowden; Poet E. E. Cummings; Veteran Phil Klay's Stories about Soldiers

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

The NSA whistleblower and former agent of CIA & NSA, Edward Snowden. (Laura Poitras/Praxis Films/Shutterstock)

Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells the story of how Edward Snowden went from government contractor to whistleblower—and looks at the continuing impact of the documents he leaked. Susan Cheever looks at the life and work of poet E. E. Cummings and how he was influenced by James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Amy Lowell. Iraq war veteran Phil Klay talks about his book of short stories, Redeployment, about how being on the frontlines of war changes soldiers for the rest of their lives.

Edward Snowden: Wanted Man

Edward Snowden exposed the United States government’s mass surveillance programs in the most spectacular intelligence breach ever. Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. In The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector.

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The Life and Legacy of Poet E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings was a novelist, painter, and playwright who is considered to be one of America’s preeminent 20th-century poets. Susan Cheever talks about his life and work and her new biography E. E. Cummings: A Life. She discusses his childhood, and explores where his rebellion against conventional authority and the critical establishment came from, and talks about his friendships, influences, and the impact of his work.

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Redeployment: Stories about Soldiers

Iraq war veteran Phil Klay describes the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. His book of short stories, Redeployment, is interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

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Update from Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine remains tense. We’ll get an update from Bloomberg View columnist Marc Champion, who’s on the ground in Crimea.

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How Pig Poop Is Getting into Iowa's Drinking Water

"The problem is that the soil itself is saturated, at this point, with manure."

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