Parks, Maps, Education, and Human Rights

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hafsat Abiola, subject of the film 'The Supreme Price,' by Joanna Lipper. It's part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival Hafsat Abiola, subject of the film "The Supreme Price," by Joanna Lipper. It's part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival (Joanna Lipper/Human Rights Watch Film Festival)

On today’s show: Michael S. Roth, the president of Wesleyan University, defends the value of a liberal education in today’s world. We’ll take a look inside the cut-throat business of antiquarian map collecting and a startling criminal case of theft. Find out how Frederick Law Olmsted virtually created the field of landscape architecture. And we’ll talk about some films at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival—a look at the Abiola family and their role in Nigeria’s independence, and a series of documentaries smuggled out of war-torn Syria that reveal the chaos its people are forced to live in.

Wesleyan University President Champions Liberal Education

Michael S. Roth explores the long-running debate over vocational vs. liberal education and argues that liberal education cultivates individual freedom, supports civic virtue, and instills hope for the future.

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The Map Thief

Antiquarian map dealer E. Forbes Smiley spent years stealing valuable maps—until he was finally caught.

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Frederick Law Olmsted Made Parks an Essential Part of American Life

The visionary landscape architect created Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," and more.

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“The Supreme Price,” the Abiola Family, and Politics in Nigeria

The director of the documentary “The Supreme Price,” discusses the film with its subject, Hafsat Abiola, an activist from a political family in Nigeria.

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Emergency Cinema in Syria

Andrea Holley, deputy director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and Charif Kiwan, producer and spokesperson for the Abounaddara Collective, discusses short films made by citizen-reporters in Syria.


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