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Corporate Idealists; "Tales from Red Vienna"; Investigating a Family Mystery

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Former BP employee Christine Bader talks about being part of a silent army of “Corporate Idealists” who fight for more responsible business practices inside some of the world’s biggest companies. Kathleen Chalfant and Nina Arianda discuss their roles in the off-Broadway play “Tales from Red Vienna,” set in post-World War I Austria. Michael Hainey tells the tale of investigating the real cause of his father’s death. Plus, we’ll look at the very rich, very conservative Koch brothers.

A Corporate Idealist Inside BP

Christine Bader talks about the “Corporate Idealists” inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, who push for safer and more responsible practices. was one of those people at BP—until a string of fatal BP accidents, CEO John Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business.

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Sex and the Women from Vienna

Actors Nina Arianda and Kathleen Chalfant talk about their roles in the the post-World War I play, in which desperation has forced Arianda's character to take up the oldest profession.

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After Visiting Friends: Michael Hainey on Investigating His Father's Death

Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door with the news that Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his father’s death would obsess Michael into adulthood, so he set out to learn what happened that night. After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story, is the tale of that quest and what he uncovered.

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Prehistoric Pollen and People

Remnants of prehistoric pollen have been found in vast tropical forests thought to have been virtually untouched by humans, revealing that humans shaped forests 11,000 years ago. Josie Garthwaite wrote about this discovery and what it means for Smithsonian magazine.

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The Koch Brothers' Money and Political Influence

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have spent large sums of money advancing conservative causes and trying to shape the last two elections. Propublica reporter Kim Barker looks at the Koch's complex network of nonprofits,nicknamed the Kochtopus, and their spending plans for the 2014 election.

 

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Guest Picks: Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in the off-Broadway play "Tales from Red Vienna." She also told us what she's been reading recently. Find out what else Kathleen Chalfant's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Nina Arianda

Nina Arianda was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in the off-Broadway play, "Tales of Red Vienna." She also told us about her love of blue M&M's. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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