Major Influence: Extremism on the Rise, Creating Fiction out of Reality

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Female student stands in a burnt classroom at Maiduguri Experimental School, which was burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram to keep children away from school. May 12, 2012 (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty)

On today’s show: Eliza Griswold talks about the roots of extremism in Africa and how American Special Forces are dealing with organizations like Boko Haram. Akhil Sharma joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about his novel, Family Life. We’ll get a preview of four radio plays based on James Joyce’s Dubliners that will be performed in the Jerome L. Greene Space. Plus, a look at how Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia and Turkey are playing a role in the rise of the insurgent group ISIS in Iraq. And find out how a Soviet era medical technique of injecting certain kinds of bacteria could help wean us off of our dependence on antibiotics.


Special Operations Forces and the Terrorist Threat in Africa

How the United States’ special forces are approaching extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa.

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Reality into Fiction: Akhil Sharma on Family Life

The author says the tension between light and dark themes in his book was deliberate.

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Dubliners: A Quartet

An audio play inspired by James Joyce’s stories, performed in WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Space to mark the 100th anniversary of Dubliners.

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What ISIS in Iraq Means for the Middle East

The rise of ISIS in Iraq also affects the rest of the region, including Saudi Arabia and Iran.


Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment from the Soviet Union that uses viruses to kill bacteria.

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