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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mark Twain, taken from the book 'American Portraits' by Bradford, Gamaliel, 1922 edition Mark Twain, taken from the book 'American Portraits' by Bradford, Gamaliel, 1922 edition (Wikipedia Commons/Wikipedia Commons)

On today’s show, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann reveals China’s secret program to eliminate political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs—in many cases to Westerners. We’ll find out how the country’s ex-presidents maneuvered, plotted, advised, aided Lincoln during the Civil War. Ben Tarnoff describes how Mark Twain and San Francisco writers gave voice to the America’s emerging identity. Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, our Gurus of How-To, tackle home repair questions and give advice for keeping your home ship shape.

China's Secret Organ Transplant Business

A China analyst investigates China’s program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs--in many cases to Western recipients.

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Meddling Ex-Presidents during the Civil War

Five former presidents were still alive when Abraham Lincoln took office. Chris DeRose tells how this ex-Presidents’ Club maneuvered, plotted, advised, and aided during the Civil War.

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Mark Twain in San Francisco and the Reinvention of American Literature

Mark Twain arrived in San Francisco in 1863, fleeing the draft and seeking adventure. In California he found that the economy booming, newspapers and magazines thriving, and promise of the transcontinental railroad soon to become a reality. Ben Tarnoff tells how Twain connected with the city’s Bohemian writers. But ...

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The Gurus of How-To Help You Keep Your Home Ship Shape

Al and Larry Ubell offer advice on tackling home repair projects--from dripping sinks to leaking roofs and more.

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Lauren Bacall in the studio with Leonard to talk about about her book Now, December 29th, 1994.

Remembering Lauren Bacall

The acclaimed actress died Tuesday at the age of 89. When she spoke with Leonard Lopate in 2006, she brought her dog Sophie to the studio. She reminisced about her career, her friendship with Katharine Hepburn, idolizing Bette Davis and being "Bogey's wife."

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