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Monday, April 28, 2014

William D. Cohan discusses the Duke lacrosse team scandal and how it combined issues of education, race, sexism, and justice. Musician Ziggy Marley talks about writing his first children’s book. We'll find out how financial bookkeeping has determined the fate of entire societies. And Evie Wyld talks about her novel, All The Birds, Singing.

The Duke Lacrosse Scandal and University Culture

William D. Cohan looks at what the Duke lacrosse team scandal reveals about the pressures faced by America's elite colleges and universities, and he pulls back the curtain on the larger issues of sexual misconduct, underage drinking, and bad-boy behavior prevalent on campuses across the country. The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities is an account of what happens when ambition, intellectual elitism, athletic prowess, aggressive sexual behavior, racial bias, and absolute prosecutorial authority collide and on a university campus, in the justice system, and in the media.

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Ziggy Marley, Children's Author

The musician talks about his first foray into children's literature, a multicultural children's picture book based on one of his most beloved songs, I Love You Too.

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Balancing the Books

 Jacob Soll explains how the use and misuse of financial bookkeeping has determined the fate of entire societies. Good accounting has created social stability, good governance, and economic prosperity. But bad accounting practices can have disastrous results, ranging from financial losses and debt to complete economic collapse. In The Reckoning, Soll, a MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, explains the ways financial accounting is essential to building businesses, states, and even empires, and shows that neglected accounting has contributed to cycles of destruction, such as the 2008 financial crisis.

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All The Birds, Singing, a Novel by Evie Wyld

Evie Wyld, one of Granta magazine's Best Young British Novelists, discusses her new book, All The Birds, Singing, about a young woman living in an old farmhouse on a British island where her disobedient collie and a flock of sheep are her sole companions. But every few nights something—or someone—picks off one of the sheep. Is it foxes in the woods, a strange boy and a strange man, or an obscure, formidable beast?

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Tributes: Paul Robeson, Jr.

Paul Robeson, Jr. had the deeply resonant voice of his father, as well as the tall build of the former actor, singer, and civil rights activist.  And he spent a lifetime working to preserve that legacy.  He not only wrote two books about his father, but created an archive of his writings and films at Howard University, and accepted a Grammy on his behalf in 1998.  Paul Robeson, Jr. died at the age of 86. Leonard last spoke with him in August of 2001. 

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