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The Leonard Lopate Show

Traveling Back Into Joseph Kony's Congo

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Driven by her family’s devastating losses, Congolese expatriate Francisca Thelin embarks, with human rights activist Lisa J. Shannon, on a perilous journey back to her beloved homeland,

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On Being

Eve Ensler — The Body After Cancer [remix]

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls.

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On Being

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Eve Ensler has helped women all over the world tell the stories of their lives through the stories of their bodies. Her play, "The Vagina Monologues," has become a global force in the face of violence against women and girls.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Docs: Virunga

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Our series with the filmmakers behind this year's Oscar-nominated documentaries begins with a look at "Virunga," about Virunga National Park in the Congo. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting for the Ecological Heart of the Eastern Congo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A new documentary follows a team of park rangers---and the endangered gorillas ---as they face off against poachers, militia, and industry in one of the most diverse ecosystems.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reporting in the Congo

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Anjan Sundaram explains why he decided to take a break from working toward a doctorate in mathematics at Yale to uproot his life, move to the Congo, and become a freelance foreign correspondent. He ended up working for the AP to help cover the 2006 election campaign between Joseph Kabila, son of the assassinated rebel who deposed Mobutu in 1997, and his vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba. In his memoir Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo, Sundaram moves back and forth between his personal adventures and the Congo’s troubled history and politics.

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On Being

Eve Ensler — A Second Wind in Life: Inhabiting the Body After Cancer

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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On Being

[Unedited] Eve Ensler with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eve Ensler Embodied

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Eve Ensler, activist, author of The Vagina Monologues and now, In the Body of the World: A Memoir, shares the story of how working with rape victims in the Congo and her own battle with cancer helped her reconnect with her body.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The M23 in Congo

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Jason Stearns, political analyst, PhD candidate at Yale, and the author of the blog Congo Siasa and the book Dancing in the Glory of Monsters:The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, discusses the rebel group M23 and the latest on their presence in Congo.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's the System

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hurricane Sandy left New York and New Jersey waterways with a big raw sewage problem and revealed the flaws in wastewater infrastructure. Plus: Venezuela's El Sistema program of social change through music; the M23 rebellion in Congo; and the shows that ushered in television's golden age.

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Tracing "Feel So Close" Back to Africa

Friday, August 17, 2012

Host John Schaefer follows a hunch, and connects the popular hit "Feel So Close" by British DJ Calvin Harris to the African "Congotronics" sound.

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The Takeaway

Child-Arming Warlord to Receive 14 Years

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

On Tuesday the International Criminal Court handed down their first ruling in history. They sentenced Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga to 14 years in prison, six of which he has already served while in custody, for using child soldiers in his rebel army.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported Update: The Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, March 01, 2012

In November, the Democratic Republic of Congo held presidential elections, even as the security situation there deteriorated. On today’s Underreported Update, Father Ferdinand Muhigirwa, the director of CEPAS (Centre d’Etudes pour l’Action Sociale), the oldest think tank in Congo, describes what’s happened since the contested election. He also looks at suppression of protests in Kinshasa and escalation of violence in the eastern part of the country. We’ll also be joined by Akwe Amosu, the director of Africa advocacy at the Open Society Foundations.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Collapse of the Congo

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Jason Stearns talks about the brutal war that has raged in Congo since 1996, costing millions of lives. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa tells the story of this misunderstood and overlooked conflict through the experiences of those who engineered and perpetrated it. He spoke with key architects of the war that became as great a disaster as—and was a direct consequence of—the genocide in Rwanda.

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The Takeaway

Kinshasa Symphony: Central Africa's Only Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Orchestras everywhere are struggling to stay afloat, but the challenges for the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa were different than those faced by Western musical groups. A new documentary film "Kinshasa Symphony" depicting the genesis and survival of the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, which was set up during the 1998-2003 Congolese war, is playing this week at the New York African Film Festival. The Takeaway's Special Correspondent Femi Oke talks about the film and brings us details from some of its founders.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Child Soldier to U.S. Marine

Friday, August 27, 2010

Tchicayo Missamou gives an account of his experience as a child soldier in Congo and his journey to America. In his book In the Shadow of Freedom: A Heroic Journey to Liberation, Manhood, and America, he tells the story of the horrific civil war in his country, becoming a soldier at 11, having to flee his country at 18, and eventually making his way to America, where he joined the Marines.

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The Takeaway

US Companies Must Disclose Ties to Rebel Mines in Congo

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Deep within the 2,300 page legislation on financial reform that President Obama signed into law last week is a provision that pertains to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The new financial regulation law will require thousands of U.S. companies to disclose whether their products contain minerals from rebel-controlled mines in Congo. Many of these minerals, like tin, tungsten, gold and tantalum end up in our laptops, cell phones and other technologies; and these mines are helping to finance the ongoing conflict in Congo.

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The Takeaway

International Criminal Court is open for business

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The world's first permanent war crimes court heard their first opening arguments yesterday. The accused is Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga who pleaded not guilty to war crimes for his recruitment of thousands of children into warfare. The Takeaway talks to Anthony Dworkin, Executive Director of the Crimes of War Project, about what we can expect from this trial and this new court.

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The Takeaway

Frenemies: Congo and Rwanda team up to fight rebels

Friday, January 23, 2009

Since August the Congolese government has been battling rebels led by Laurent Nkunda. The fighting has displaced tens of thousands of people and lefty hundreds dead. This week, the Congolese government joined forces with it's former arch enemy Rwanda in an offensive against the rebels and today the Congolese government is reporting the joint force has arrested the rebel leader Nkunda. For the latest we're joined by the BBC's Martin Plaut.

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