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Reporting from Afghanistan; What Animals Think; Parenthood and Poverty; Emma Donoghue's New Novel

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Monday, April 07, 2014

New York Times reporter Carlotta Gall talks about reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the months after 9/11 and a war fought by American leaders who barely understood their enemy. We’ll find out what the latest scientific research reveals about how smart some animals are. Our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America looks at mothers and fathers living in poverty in inner cities. Emma Donoghue talks about her latest novel, Frog Music.

America in Afghanistan since 2001

Carlotta Gall talks about reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan since shortly after 9/11 and gives a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage. Her book The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, combines personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of ordinary Afghanis who have endured war for more than a decade.

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What Are Animals Thinking?

The science of animal cognition shows us how much our furry friends understand the world around them - from highly developed problem-solving abilities, communication styles and emotions.

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Parenthood and Poverty in the Inner City

For this week’s installment of our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America, Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson examine the problems of extreme poverty in cities like Camden, NJ (the poorest city in the country), Baltimore, and Philadelphia. The also investigate a number of the questions many have about the urban poor, such as: How do single mothers survive on welfare? Why were so many low-income women having children without marrying, when doing so seems so difficult? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? Why don’t more people work? Their book Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City is based on a multi-year ethnographic study of black and white low-income, unmarried fathers in inner-city Philadelphia and Camden and shows how major economic and cultural shifts have transformed the meaning of fatherhood among the urban poor.

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Frog Music, a Novel by Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue talks about her novel Frog Music, which tells the story of Blanche Beunon, a French burlesque dancer in mid-19th century San Francisco who risks everything to bring to justice the murderer of her friend Jenny.

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Tributes: Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney got his first laugh on stage when he was just 18 months old, launching him to a long career in show business. He became a major box office draw in the late 1930 and early 1940's, and was best-known for the nine films he made with Judy Garland. He died recently at the age of 93. He was on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2004 with his wife Jan - his 8th - to talk about their off-Broadway show "Let's Put on a Show," which looked back at Rooney's long and varied career. 

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