Wednesday, March 26, 2014
On April 17, 1975, the communist Khmer Rouge, led by its secretive prime minister Pol Pot, took over Cambodia. They cut the nation off from the world and began systematically killing and starving two million of their people. Thirty years after their fall, a man named Duch, who had served as Chief Prison officer at the regime's central prison complex, stood trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Journalist Thierry Cruvellier takes us into the dark heart of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, using the trial to tell the horrifying story of this terrible chapter in history. The Master of Confessions: The Making of a Khmer Rouge Torturer is an account of a Chief Interrogator's trial for war crimes.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
Almost 90 percent of artists were killed in Cambodia in the 1970s, when the extreme communist group Khmer Rouge was in power. Arn Chorn-Pond was a child then, and he survived in a labor camp, ironically, by playing music. "The Khmer Rouge asked, 'someone want to play music for us,' so I raise my hand, I know probably they will give me more food," he said.
Friday, September 28, 2012
In the cliché version of the immigrant story, the hardworking parents want their first-generation kids to become doctors, engineers, or lawyers. Chhan Huy, an engineer who fled to California from Cambodia, had a different dream for his daughter Bochan: he wanted her to become a pop star ...
Monday, May 21, 2012
Jad and Robert wonder if maybe they could add to their color palette. Jay Neitz wondered the same thing, sort of. Take a monkey that can't see red, for example. Couldn't you just give them the red cones they were missing? So he took the human gene for red cones, ...
Monday, April 23, 2012
Loung Ung talks about coming to terms with her violent childhood in Cambodia's notorious killing fields. Her new memoir, Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness, is the final in a trilogy that started with First They Killed My Father, about being forced by the Khmer Rouge, and continued with Lucky Child, about her life as a refugee in Vermont. Lulu in the Sky is about her daily struggle to keep darkness and depression at bay while pursuing a life in America.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
China has existed as an independent state for close to 4,000 years. After a decline in the 20th Century, the large nation has risen to the ranks of a global superpower in recent decades, replacing the USSR as U.S. rival; but it has also been a partner. Many would argue that Dr. Henry Kissinger is the man to thank for China's current relationship with the West, and particularly the U.S. He joins us for more on that subject and his new book "On China," and also admits to mistakes in strategy by the Nixon Administration on the war in Vietnam.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Veteran New York Times reporter Joel Brinkley, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Cambodia on the fall of the Khmer Rouge discusses how that country is still haunted by its years of terror. In Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, he looks at the results of efforts to pull the small nation out of the mire by making Cambodia a United Nations protectorate in 1992, and looks at the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg discusses his experience as a war reporter covering Vietnam and the Khmer Rouge-led genocide in Cambodia during the 1970s. Beyond the Killing Fields: War Writings is the first anthology of his war reporting, and commentary was drawn from the hundreds of articles he has written for the New York Times, Newsday, the Village Voice, and various magazines.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The brutal Khmer Rouge regime was driven from power in Cambodia thirty years ago. On Monday, Cambodia convicted a major Khmer Rouge figure, Comrade Duch, for his connection with the deaths of 1.7 million people from 1975 to 1979.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
For some, it’s one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Vietnam War. Forty years ago today, April 6th 1970, Sean Flynn, son of Hollywood legend Errol Flynn, was working as a war photographer when he set off on his motorbike from Phnom Penh with fellow journalist Dana Stone to cover the expansion of the conflict into Cambodia. They were never seen again. But now two amateur excavators are claiming they have discovered what happened to the men 40 years ago.
Monday, March 30, 2009
For a brief overview of the history of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the travesties leading up to the tribunal, watch the video below.