Past and Present: In India, Italy and Iraq

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joseph Luzzi’s family in Calabria, Italy. Joseph Luzzi’s father, Pasquale, and his children in Calabria, shortly before their passage to the United States. (Joseph Luzzi/Joseph Luzzi)

Simon Denyer, former Indian bureau chief for the Washington Post, looks at corruption, the expanding middle class, and the people who are shaping democracy and politics in India. Joseph Luzzi talks about Italy’s passion for art, food, and family, and the country’s north-south divide, and why Italian Americans have a complicated relationship with the “old country.” The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman and Leonard debate whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Roy Scranton, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003, on returning to Baghdad and the state of that country 10 years later.  

Fighting Corruption in India's Unruly Democracy

Exploring the battle between the deep-rooted system of graft and patronage and the forces demanding change.

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Great Art, Dismal Politics: A Tale of Two Italies

Joseph Luzzi tells the story of his Italian family and looks at Italy's many divisions and contradictions.

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Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich?

A heated debate over the definition of a sandwich — and what makes for the best kind — featuring Sporkful host and "strict sandwich constructionist" Dan Pashman.

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An Iraq War Vet Returns to Find Baghdad on the Edge of Ruin

Roy Scranton served in the United States Army in Iraq 2003. He talks about what he found when he returned to Baghdad this year.

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