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Uncovered and Discovered

Friday, April 30, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll get a comprehensive history of anti-Semitism in England—from the expulsion of Jews by King Edward I up through today. Then, film scholar Juan Salas talks about his discovery of "With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain," an 18-minute film by Henri Cartier-Bresson (excerpted below).

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With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Friday, April 30, 2010

Film scholar Juan Salas talks about recently discovering an 18-minute film shot by Henri Cartier-Bresson called "With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain," made 1937-38. He’s be joined by Jeanne Houck, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, which is having a reunion program and reception on May 2 ...

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Trials of the Diaspora

Friday, April 30, 2010

Anthony Julius discusses the history of anti-Semitism in England, beginning with the medieval persecution of Jews to he contemporary anti-Semitism that emerged in the late 1960s that dismisses the legitimacy of Zionism and the State of Israel. His book Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England ...

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Backstory: The UK Elections

Thursday, April 29, 2010

British voters will head to polls next week to decide whether Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be replaced. On this edition of Backstory, Alex Barker, political correspondent for the Financial Times, and John Burns, London bureau chief for the New York Times, explains what the major issues have been in ...

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Backstory: Post Communist Hungary

Thursday, April 29, 2010

We’ll take a look at how Hungary has changed in the 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union—and at the fallout from the main Hungarian center right party declaring victory in the recent parliamentary elections. We’ll be joined by Paul Hockenos, a journalist and political analyst based in ...

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War Lovers

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek, Evan Thomas, discusses how Teddy Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst fabricated evidence of a Spanish attack and pressed President McKinley to start the Spanish-American War. In The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898, he ...

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Hellhound in Memphis

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin, and Stephen Ives, director of the documentary "Roads to Memphis," talk about James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther ...

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Mad Men

Thursday, April 29, 2010

We’ll look into the life and influences of James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the international manhunt to find him. Then, Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas on why America wanted to go to war in 1898...and how the opportunity presented itself ...

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Days of Fear

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo, talks about being kidnapped with his driver in Afghanistan and threatened with death if Italy didn’t remove troops from Afghanistan. When this demand wasn’t met, the driver was decapitated and the video of the murder was circulated worldwide by the Taliban. In Days of Fear: ...

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Danger, Drama, Dance, and Molly Ringwald

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On today’s show, Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo tells his harrowing story of being kidnapped with his driver by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, Rita Tushingham helps us celebrate the 45th anniversary of David Lean's classic film “Doctor Zhivago.” And we’ll talk about the legacy of Lucia Chase, who reigned at ...

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Gringo Nightmare

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Volz talks about being arrested, imprisoned, and wrongly accused of murder in Nicaragua. He tells the story in Gringo Nightmare: A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua.

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Freedom and Captivity

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Volz describes his experience being wrongfully accused of murder while he was living in Nicaragua. Then, award-winning cartoonist, playwright, and author Jules Feiffer discusses his new illustrated autobiography. And Andrea Levy talks about her new novel The Long Song. Plus, David Reznick discusses his interpretive guide to Darwin’s Origin ...

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The My Lai Massacre

Monday, April 26, 2010

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman discusses his documentary, “My Lai,” about the 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the heroic efforts of the soldiers who broke ranks to try to halt the atrocities and then bring them to light. “My Lai” airs on ...

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Operation Babylift

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dana Sachs examines "Operation Babylift," the U.S. government’s plan for nearly 3,000 displaced Vietnamese children to be placed with adoptive families overseas. It was launched in April 1975, just before the fall of Saigon. In The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War ...

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Smoke and Mirrors

Monday, April 26, 2010

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Burton Richter, who has served on U.S. and international review committees on climate change and energy issues, discusses the sensible, senseless, and biased proposals for averting the consequences of global warming. In Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century, he ...

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World Voices

Monday, April 26, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look at some of the sensible and senseless proposals for curbing global warming and the disasters associated with it. Then, we’ll learn about the unintended consequences of “operation Babylift,” the U.S. government’s 1975 effort to place thousands of Vietnamese children with families overseas. Also, Emmy Award-winning ...

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Underreported Update: The Democratic Republic of Congo

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earlier this month, eight International Red Cross workers were kidnapped and later released in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On this week’s second Underreported, Jon Elliott, Africa Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch describes the situation in the DRC and why violence there continues.

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Underreported Update: Refugees In Pakistan

Thursday, April 22, 2010

It has been nearly a year since fighting in north-west Pakistan displaced more than 3 million people. Today, there are still an estimated 1.3 million refugees in the country. We’ll get an update on the situation from Michael Young, International Rescue Committee’s Asia Regional Director, who until ...

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WikiLeaks and Investigative Journalism

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The video “Collateral Murder,” depicting a missile strike in Baghdad that killed a Reuters driver and photographer in 2007, has been viewed some 6 million times since it was posted early this month by the Web site WikiLeaks. We’ll speak with Clint Hendler, staff writer at

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Leaks, Floods, and Controversy

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A leaked video showing the U.S. military shooting at and killing a Reuters photographer in Iraq has created a firestorm of controversy. We’ll look into the role WikiLeaks has played in the story and the role the Internet in investigative journalism. Then, Trey Kay, producer and host of the Peabody ...

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