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Last update: 2011-10-21

Cooking With Italian Grandmothers (Encore)

2011-10-21
Length: 51m 0s

Jean once wrote, "Just as I was about to concede that grandmothers - especially the Italian variety - are an endangered species, along comes this glorious cookbook which, I admit, made me cry. The book is the result of a year chef Jessica Theroux spent co…

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French Seduction (Encore)

2011-10-20
Length: 51m 0s

In "La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life," New York Times' Paris Correspondent, Elaine Sciolino navigates the Parisian maze of unspoken assumptions about the cultivation of pleasure, and the hidden truth about French life: It's all about sed…

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Inside Islam: Bridging the Faith Divide

2011-10-19
Length: 51m 0s

In 1998, Eboo Patel noticed that increased religious diversity in America was causing increased conflict. If religious extremists were recruiting young people, he reasoned, then those who believe in religious tolerance should do likewise, a realization th…

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Jerusalem, Jerusalem

2011-10-18
Length: 51m 0s

In James Carroll's Jerusalem, the city embodies the world's greatest philosophies, and its worst impulses. It is a city of faith, wracked by war, a city constantly engaged in "a contest of life and death." And yet, it is also a place of hope, resurrection…

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Upside: Good News About the World (Pledge Edition)

2011-10-17
Length: 50m 59s

Using the best available data, sociologist Bradley Wright shows us that things are not as bad as the media make them out to be. In his new book Upside: Surprising Good News About the State of Our World, Wright reveals surprisingly uplifting facts about gl…

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Trout Caviar: Recipes from a Northern Forager (Pledge Edition)

2011-10-14
Length: 51m 16s

Brett Laidlaw describes himself as "the product of an idyllic childhood," days spent fishing for trout, playing in fields, and seeking solitude in the woods of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. In his new book, he talks about foraging for truly wild foods: Chanter…

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Global Citizen Year: An Alternative Peace Corps

2011-10-13
Length: 51m 4s

Abby Falik was dismayed when she discovered she couldn't join the Peace Corps after graduating from high school only because she hadn't yet turned eighteen. So she started a Peace Corps of her own. Because of her, every year, a corps of graduating seniors…

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Integrative Medicine Man

2011-10-12
Length: 50m 58s

Can empathy cure colds? Can art relieve the pain of hospital patients? For the last decade, Dr. David Rakel has been using integrative medicine, combining conventional and alternative medical treatments to transform the lives of his patients, and promote …

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On Creativity and Slowing Down (Pledge Edition)

2011-10-11
Length: 50m 59s

Christian McEwen believes we get our best creative ideas in the most unlikely places: In the bathroom, on vacation, when we're daydreaming or just twiddling our thumbs. Drawing on literary and spiritual thinkers from Henry David Thoreau to Pablo Neruda, …

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Columbus

2011-10-10
Length: 51m 0s

In his biography, "Columbus: The Four Voyages," Laurence Bergreen portrays Columbus as brilliant, audacious, volatile, paranoid and ruthless. What emerges in his biography is a surprising and revealing portrait of a man who might have been the title chara…

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Apple Love

2011-10-07
Length: 50m 58s

When you're looking to make that killer apple pie, should you opt for Granny Smith or Esopus Spitzenburg, Thomas Jefferson's favorite? Food writer Amy Traverso has written the definitive guide for all things apple, from recipes and preparation tips to his…

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Chasing The Sun (Encore)

2011-10-06
Length: 50m 56s

No, he's not a surfer. From the man who wrote a worldwide history of swordplay, comes an around-the-world odyssey in search of an elusive moving target: The sun. Scholar-adventurer Richard Cohen traveled to twenty countries, from Mount Fuji to Antarctica …

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Comics In The Classroom

2011-10-05
Length: 51m 1s

Since its inception in 1933, the modern comic book has drawn the ire of parents, preachers, and teachers. But graphic novelist and teacher, Gene Luen Yang, believes the tradition of pictorial story-telling has deep historical roots and particular relevanc…

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La Hispanidad

2011-10-04
Length: 50m 59s

Half a billion people worldwide, from the United States and Latin America, to Spain and the Philippines, supposedly share a common identity, called la hispanidad. But what is la hispanidad, and how unified is Hispanic culture really? In their new book, Il…

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The Hare With Amber Eyes

2011-10-03
Length: 50m 57s

When ceramic artist Edmund de Waal inherits a collection of ornamental Japanese carvings known as "netsuke," he becomes drawn to the story behind them, which becomes the story of his family that stretches through the centuries and across several countries…

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Mission Street Food And The Pop-Up Restaurant

2011-09-30
Length: 50m 56s

When Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz opened a food cart on Mission Street in San Francisco, they had no idea that it would catapult them into a "pop-up" restaurant. (If you're new to the term, a pop-up restaurant is one that typically operates clandesti…

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Lorine Niedecker: A Poet's Life

2011-09-29
Length: 50m 53s

After her death in 1970, Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker was described by British poet Basil Bunting as "the most interesting woman poet America has yet produced," yet most of her work is mired in obscurity. In a new biography, Margot Peters tells the sto…

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Time for Outrage!

2011-09-28
Length: 50m 59s

Stephane Hessel is many things: Former French Resistance leader, concentration camp survivor, diplomat, ambassador, former UN speechwriter, and in 1948, he helped draft the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In his new book, which has sold more…

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The Ride Of Your Life (Encore)

2011-09-27
Length: 51m 2s

Biking season isn't over quite yet! Whether you're crazy about bikes or just appreciate a leisurely ride, you'll fall in love with Robert Penn's story about circling the globe on a bike. In his book, It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Tw…

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Healing The Heart Of Democracy

2011-09-26
Length: 52m 35s

In this year of the Arab spring, it's a good time to be reminded that democracy is a never-ending process. In his new book designed to re-invigorate American democracy in its most localized settings, and to connect it to those larger global movements that…

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Eating Smart In France

2011-09-23
Length: 52m 35s

Don't know your escargot from your maquereau? Ronnie Hess is here to help. Whether you're searching for an authentic restaurant in Paris, or cooking coq au vin in your own kitchen, here's what you need to know to experience the essence of French culture t…

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India's Anti-Corruption Movement

2011-09-22
Length: 52m 35s

Sixty-four years after Gandhi's non-violent movement brought an end to British rule in India, the Indian masses are back in the streets. Led by Anna Hazare, a man whom many hail as a new Gandhi, the movement is going after their own leaders this time, pro…

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Fall Poetry Circle of the Air

2011-09-21
Length: 52m 35s

In a variation on an old and beloved theme, poet Molly Peacock joins us again this September 21, the day of the fall equinox, together with guest editor Priscila Uppal to give us a preview of the 2011 Best Canadian Poetry in English anthology due out next…

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Murder In Lascaux

2011-09-20
Length: 52m 35s

The mysterious prehistoric caves in the south of France are the scene of a murder in a new novel by Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden, professors emeriti at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Typical of this dynamic husband and wife team who lived near La…

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Indigo: The Color That Seduced The World (Encore)

2011-09-19
Length: 52m 35s

Indigo, "the bluest of blues," is not just a color, but, as Catherine McKinley puts it, "an attempt to capture beauty." Inspired by her own ancestral entanglement with Indigo, Catherine set out to learn from the last master dyers of West Africa and discov…

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The Golden-Bristled Boar

2011-09-16
Length: 52m 35s

When Jeffrey Greene moved to Burgundy, France, he had no idea he was entering prime boar country. After a neighbor presented him with a gift of half a boar stuffed into a black garbage bag, he became fascinated and began studying the history and lore of "…

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The Wabi-Sabi Way (Encore)

2011-09-15
Length: 52m 35s

Do you love your rusty, dented old wheelbarrow? How Wabi-Sabi of you! A philosophy of seeing and homemaking, wabi-sabi has its roots in Japanese Zen Buddhism, but it's all about the imperfection of dried leaves, rather than the perfection of a fresh cherr…

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The King's Speech (Encore)

2011-09-14
Length: 52m 35s

While the American public sees the Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech" as a story about the king heroically overcoming his personal limitations in the face of great adversity, the same film in the UK is perceived as being a story about class difference…

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Ayn Rand: Goddess Of The Market

2011-09-13
Length: 52m 35s

Ayn Rand, author of "Atlas Shrugged," has become one of the most polarizing figures in American culture, but how much do we really know about her life? History professor Jennifer Burns spent years poring over Rand's private papers and journals, offering a…

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Rediscovering The Lost City Of Machu Picchu

2011-09-12
Length: 52m 35s

In 1911, American explorer Hiram Bingham climbed into the Andes Mountains and "discovered" the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. One hundred years later, the site remains as fascinating, yet mysterious, as ever. In his new book, travel writer Mark Adams…

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The Cuban Kitchen

2011-09-09
Length: 52m 35s

Raquel Rabade Roque's The Cuban Kitchen was such a hit in Spanish that she rewrote it to be published in English. She'll give us a tour of the Cuban coffee counters of Miami and the tastes of an ever evolving Cuban-American cuisine.…

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Transforming A Nation's Trauma

2011-09-08
Length: 52m 35s

Nationally recognized citizen diplomat Sahar Taman and Rev. Robert Chase, head of Intersections International in New York City, are collecting and planning affirmative commemorations for the decade anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Beyond Islam, …

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Somalia Through Nuruddin Farah's Eyes

2011-09-07
Length: 52m 35s

Winner of the Neustadt Prize and frequent nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Somali novelist Nuruddin Farah has been writing about his homeland for over 40 years. His works are full of love and longing for the country he left behind, and concern f…

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The Little Free Libraries Project

2011-09-06
Length: 52m 35s

Rick Brooks and Todd Bol, two Wisconsin men, are promoting worldwide literacy and building community, one Little Free Library at a time...and one could soon be coming to a neighborhood near you. Together, they're on a quest to break Andrew Carnegie's reco…

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Remembering The Triangle Factory Fire (Encore)

2011-09-05
Length: 52m 35s

2011 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City. Hardly anyone knows what a shirtwaist is anymore, but we're all familiar with the panic bars and lit signs above exit doors, two regulations fought for b…

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Odd Bits

2011-09-02
Length: 52m 35s

When it comes to meat, the prime cuts seem to get all the attention. Australian Jennifer McLagan, author of the infamous "Fat," explores why we shy away from odd bits, from tongues and brains, to gizzards and trotters, their taste potential, and how we …

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Rambunctious Nature

2011-09-01
Length: 52m 35s

Environmentalist Emma Marris says it's time to abandon the idea of preserving nature in its pristine state, and move forward instead with creating the "rambunctious garden," which she describes as "a hybrid of wild nature and human management."…

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Pearl Buck In China (encore)

2011-08-31
Length: 52m 35s

A blond blue-eyed daughter of a Presbyterian missionary, Pearl Buck grew up in rural China amid bandit raids, beheadings and battles, when infant girls were strangled and thrown to the dogs. Helen Spurling's biography looks at the years that shaped Buck a…

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Environmental Degradation As Slow Violence

2011-08-30
Length: 52m 35s

Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, refused to let the oil industry's disastrous effect on his community go unnoticed. He's just one voice showcased in Rob Nixon's new book urging us to see environmental degradation as a kind of slow violence affecting the…

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The InterSpecies Language of Grief

2011-08-29
Length: 52m 35s

Ever since her husband lost the ability to speak after suffering a stroke, Diane Ackerman has been grieving. She finds that, out of empathy, her acute sense of loss has connected her with the losses and grieving of others, including animals.…

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We All Scream For Ice Cream

2011-08-26
Length: 52m 35s

Be it soft-serve, gelato, Indian kulfi or Isreali glida, some form of ice cream treat can be found throughout the world in restaurants and home freezers. Ice cream's story is a tale populated with Chinese emperors, English kings, Italian hokey-pokey stree…

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Mindfulness And Medicine

2011-08-25
Length: 52m 35s

For patients with life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, it can be hard to find comfort in the face of death. Susan Bauer-Wu and Elana Rosenbaum, who both encountered cancer in their personal lives, are medical professionals who teach the practice of …

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Born To Run (Encore)

2011-08-24
Length: 52m 35s

Journalist Christopher McDougall gathered information about the Tarahumara, a little-known tribe of the world's greatest distance runners who live in Mexico's Copper Canyon and can outlast any animal on earth. (Rebroadcast from 8/17/2010)…

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Redeemers: Power Brokers Who Shaped Latin America

2011-08-23
Length: 52m 35s

Evita Peron, Che Guevera, Hugo Chavez. Latin America has had its share of strong leaders. Enrique Krauze, one of Latin America's leading intellectuals, brings to life the ideas and figures that shaped a continent.…

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Sufism in the West

2011-08-22
Length: 52m 35s

One of my most memorable interviews some years ago was with Pir Vilayat InayatKhan, then head of the Sufi Order of the West, a man who was hanggliding in his eighties. His son, Pir Zia InayatKhan has succeeded him as the head of the Sufi Order Internation…

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The Food We Brought

2011-08-19
Length: 52m 35s

A hundred years ago, Americans worked out their anxieties about the newcomers to their shores primarily through food: potatoes were fit for livestock, pasta made the people who ate it pale and stringy, garlic was an abomination, and pickles were morally s…

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Global Word Play (Encore)

2011-08-18
Length: 52m 35s

How many ways are there to say "believe me" in the world? In English, we say "I'm not pulling your leg." In Russian, the phrase is "I'm not hanging noodles from your ear." We're reaching back to 2009 for this incredibly fun hour with author Jag Bhalla abo…

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Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse

2011-08-17
Length: 52m 35s

To help the Afghan people, Suraya Sadeed made many harrowing attempts to traffic cash and supplies under the noses of Iranian border guards, drug runners, and suicide bombers. She concealed an estimated $100,000 in U.S. cash by strapping it to her stomach…

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Elvis Lives!

2011-08-16
Length: 52m 35s

As of today, the 34th anniversary of the death of the King of Rock n Roll, there are 200,000 Elvis impersonators worldwide, from Mexico's El Vez to Japan's Yasuma Mori who sings about his blue suede kimono.…

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Who Are We?

2011-08-15
Length: 52m 35s

Gary Younge is a black British male of Caribbean descent who speaks Russian and French and lives the United States. So who is he? Better yet, who are we? We'll discuss the influence of identity in our lives and in our world, and we'll try to discern when …

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Rooster Sauce

2011-08-12
Length: 52m 35s

"Rooster Sauce," as Sriracha is commonly known, can be found in the home, at the corner diner, and behind the scenes in some of America's top restaurants. Lori Skelton sits in for Jean as we explore the endless possibilities of cooking with this favorite …

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The Power of Forgiveness

2011-08-11
Length: 52m 35s

What is it about expressions of remorse and apology that open the door to forgiveness? Few people are better suited to exploring this question than Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, a psychologist and commissioner for South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commis…

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Sand Queen

2011-08-10
Length: 52m 35s

In the process of interviewing women veterans of the Iraq war for her book, The Lonely Soldier, Helen Benedict noticed that when questioned about their experiences with sexual harassment, many of these women remained silent. So Helen decided to write the …

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Robert Jay Lifton's Life of Listening

2011-08-09
Length: 52m 35s

In his new memoir, psycho-historian Robert Jay Lifton says that he's spent most of his life listening. From talking to victims of Chinese thought reform, to Japanese survivors of Hiroshima, to Nazi doctors, he bore witness to some of the 20th century's da…

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Ramadan: The Feast and the Fast (Encore)

2011-08-08
Length: 52m 35s

Since Ramadan began last Monday, which represents a particular hardship for American Muslims, we thought you might enjoy learning about how different the experience of Ramadan can be depending on where you happen to find yourself. Compare fasting here in …

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Kings of Pastry

2011-08-05
Length: 52m 35s

Sixteen of France's top pastry chefs compete for the ultimate accolade, the collar of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France, best craftsmen of France, in the "Kings of Pastry" competition. The contest takes place every four years and involves 16 chefs over thr…

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Norway's Response to Tragedy

2011-08-04
Length: 52m 35s

In the wake of the recent massacre in Norway, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg told the world, "The answer to violence is even more democracy, even more humanity." Will Norway be able to sustain its commitment to openness and tolerance?…

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The Emotional Side of Math (Encore)

2011-08-03
Length: 52m 35s

Alex Bellos want us to understand the emotional side of math. Traveling all over the world to report from the secret world of numbers, he has met with the tribe that counts up to five only, the man who sets the odds for half the world's slot machines, and…

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St. Francis and the Sultan

2011-08-02
Length: 52m 35s

When St. Francis crossed enemy lines to meet the Sultan Malek el-Kamil during a Crusade, he fully expected to be martyred. Instead, he was embraced as a friend. Hear the full story when I talk with Muslim Sufi master Jamal Rahman and Gabrielle Uhlein, a F…

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The Dacha Days of Summer

2011-08-01
Length: 52m 35s

For centuries, Russian city dwellers have spent their summers relaxing and gardening at rural cottages called dachas. (like gotcha!) Mellissa Caldwell spoke to hundreds of "dachniki" about their beliefs in the healing power of land and the strange way tim…

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Mexican Ice Pops

2011-07-29
Length: 52m 35s

Cool down the heat, bring out the frozen treats! Paletas are the traditional Mexican version of the ice pop, and Fany Gerson, celebrated pastry chef and paletas enthusiast, knows all about how to make the magic of fruit and ice work to perfection.…

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Unnatural Selection

2011-07-28
Length: 52m 35s

From Albania to Vietnam, fewer and fewer girls are being born. While we are quick to point to the region's patriarchial traditions to explain the phenomenon, we tend to overlook one important aspect of the problem: recently introduced technology that make…

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Rupert Murdoch's Empire in Crisis

2011-07-27
Length: 52m 35s

With all the ink that's been lavished on the tabloid crisis in Britain, there's not much being said about Murdoch's links to the US. What about Fox and the American media?…

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Is Democracy Coming to China?

2011-07-26
Length: 52m 35s

Everyone knows about the changes in the Chinese economy. But while much of our political coverage of China focuses on its human rights abuses, some voices are saying that China is experiencing real political change as well. MIT professor Edward Steinfeld …

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The Karzai Brothers and The Future of Afghanistan

2011-07-25
Length: 52m 35s

Former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes has been an insider in Afghanistan since she left NPR to help rebuild a country devastated by decades of war. She says there's a clear connection between what's going on there now and the Arab Spring.…

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Cooking from the Garden

2011-07-22
Length: 52m 35s

You have a garden, you're excited to cook with your own produce, you religiously stick to your favorite recipe, and it doesn't taste good. How many times has that happened to you? Deborah Madison joins us to discuss how to slowly let go of that recipe boo…

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The Tree Of Life

2011-07-21
Length: 52m 35s

Terrence Malick's latest film garnered both boos and cheers at its premiere in Cannes before winning the festival's main prize, the Palme d'Or. The film's ambitious scope invites us to think about eternal questions: What is the nature of our existence? Wh…

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Saved By Beauty In Iran

2011-07-20
Length: 52m 35s

What happens when, in 2009, a British-American poet fulfills his lifelong dream of exploring Persia's literary tradition firsthand? Iran's spectacular living culture and the depth of its soul is set into relief by his eventual detention and interrogation…

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The Sinner's Grand Tour

2011-07-19
Length: 52m 35s

In his Slate.com series, Tony Perrottet called his bathhouse and brothel hopping trip through Europe the "pervert's" tour. But, more than the perverse, he found that the hidden history of the erotic reveals more about life, art, and the history of a plac…

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Literature Of The Arab Spring

2011-07-18
Length: 52m 35s

Translation pioneers, Words Without Borders, has just published their first collection of literature dealing with the Arab Spring. Work old and new from Algeria to Egypt that illuminates the revolutionary spirit.…

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The New Roast

2011-07-15
Length: 52m 35s

Have you noticed a shift in American coffee culture? Roasts are getting lighter, small roasters are popping up all over, and "pour over" coffee is the hottest thing since the travel mug. But what's it got to do with flavor, and is it worth three bucks? We…

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Zen And The Art Of Firefighting

2011-07-14
Length: 52m 35s

In 2008, a wildfire nearly destroyed the Tassajara Zen Center in the Ventana wilderness of southern California, but five monks, including one woman, with no firefighting experience were able to fend off the flames. Colleen Morton Busch and Mako Voelkel j…

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Rescuing Regina

2011-07-13
Length: 52m 35s

The harrowing true story of a feisty nun, a ferocious lawyer, and a group of grassroots volunteers who set aside political differences in a race to save a Congolese torture survivor from deportation and almost certain death. Along the way, Sister Josephe …

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French Seduction

2011-07-12
Length: 52m 35s

In "La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life," New York Times' Paris Correspondent, Elaine Sciolino navigates the Parisian maze of unspoken assumptions about the cultivation of pleasure, and the hidden truth about French life: It's all about sed…

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Hush, Baby, Hush

2011-07-11
Length: 52m 35s

All around the world, for as long as babies have fretted, those who care for them have been making up lullabies on the spot, passing them on, and sometimes, writing them down. What's your favorite lullaby?…

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For Cod And Country

2011-07-08
Length: 52m 35s

With so many species in rapid decline, is eating fish really sustainable? Esquire Chef of the Year Barton Seaver says yes and shows us how, featuring seafood that hasn't been over-fished or caught in an environmentally destructive way.…

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Summer Reading Without Borders

2011-07-07
Length: 52m 35s

The 2011 Champion of literature in translation, publisher Chad Post, joins us once again to talk about all the best newly translated books for English readers. We hear about a rambunctious Polish farmer, the wild life of inventor Nikola Tesla, and what re…

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The Story of Charlotte's Web

2011-07-06
Length: 52m 35s

About himself, E.B. White once wrote: "This boy felt for animals a kinship he never felt for people." He wasn't alone: talking animals abound in literature all over the globe. Who is your favorite literary talking animal?…

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America And Pakistan: The First 60 Years

2011-07-05
Length: 52m 35s

At the time of Pakistan's founding a scant 60 years ago, it was the first and only democracy in the Muslim world, a country whose citizens would elect those who govern them. A Pakistani-American at the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy's Summit drew fasci…

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The Pursuit Of Happiness (Encore)

2011-07-04
Length: 52m 35s

What figure in American history makes you feel warm and fuzzy about democracy? Illustrator and Israeli immigrant Maira Kalman set out, Alexis deToqueville style, to document democracy in America circa 2009. The result is an optimistic love letter to Ameri…

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Southern Sweetness

2011-07-01
Length: 52m 35s

After years for writing cookbooks inspired by her time in Southeast Asia, North Carolinian Nancie McDermott returned to her roots, the American South, and the sweet pies and cakes she helped her grandmother bake as a kid. They are central to Southern hosp…

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Legacy of American Socialism

2011-06-30
Length: 52m 35s

What do Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. have in common? According to John Nichols, these legendary Americans were more than a little bit red. He joins us for a conversation about the S-word, the legacy of American s…

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To A Mountain In Tibet (Encore)

2011-06-29
Length: 52m 35s

After the loss of his mother, acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron journeyed to the holiest mountain on earth: Mount Kailas, Tibet. It is sacred to one-fifth of humankind and has never been climbed. On an often grueling trek through an impoverished yet b…

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Peace, Love and Parazit: Iran's Daily Show (Encore)

2011-06-28
Length: 52m 35s

Tired of their routine jobs, Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini, two irreverent young Iranians, started a comedy program called "Parazit" that's modeled after Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and broadcast over The Voice of America. The show is billed for tho…

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To Kill A Mockingbird (Encore)

2011-06-27
Length: 52m 35s

Why has Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," which is so firmly rooted in the American South, become so popular the world over? And what makes it particularly relevant to Europe right now? (Rebroadcast from 6/30/10)…

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Global Eats Around Your Corner

2011-06-24
Length: 52m 35s

The restaurant insider behind the wildly popular website RestaurantGirl.com joins us live on Food Friday to talk about how to get out of an eating rut with dishes from all over the world that you can find right here in this country.…

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The Whale (Encore)

2011-06-23
Length: 52m 35s

In "The Whale," winner of the 2009 BBC prize for nonfiction, Philip Hoare investigates the dark, shadowy beasts who swim below the depths only to surface in a spray of spume to find out what it is about them that exerts such a powerful grip on our collect…

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A Life On The Border: Live (Encore)

2011-06-22
Length: 52m 35s

Here on Earth had a blast broadcasting live from the Fox Cities Book Festival in Menasha this April. We talked with the acclaimed Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea who says that the border between Mexico and the United States goes right through h…

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Life And Language In The Amazonian Jungle (Encore)

2011-06-21
Length: 52m 35s

"Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes": Behind that sensationalized title is a truly original account of Amazonia written by a man, Daniel Everett, who went there as a Christian missionary expecting to convert the Pirahas, a tribe in Brazil, and was instead conv…

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Hafez: Persia's Provocateur

2011-06-20
Length: 52m 35s

Hafez, the famous 14th century Persian poet, used the most gorgeous language to expose duplicity, irreverence, and corruption in preachers, scholars of religious laws, memorizers and reciters of the Qur'an. Why is he still one of the best read poets of Pe…

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Salt

2011-06-17
Length: 52m 35s

It's the most universal of ingredients and the one most easily overlooked. From Sel Gris to flake salt, Mark Bitterman argues that the better you know your salt, the better every meal will turn out.…

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The Anarchist Bastard

2011-06-16
Length: 52m 35s

Joanna Herman, who grew up on a pig farm in Connecticut and is fond of saying, "I was born in 1944 but raised in the twelfth century," gives a salute to Italian patriarchy in this twist on Fathers' Day.…

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Journey to the Moon

2011-06-15
Length: 52m 35s

When was the last time you felt the enchantment of the full moon? James Attlee traveled the world to bask with those who still find significance in the moon and its province, the night.…

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The Arabian Nights

2011-06-14
Length: 52m 35s

In the original telling, Scheherazade's story was wild and wicked enough to keep the Sultan awake for a 1001 nights. Reza Aslan and Andrei Codrescu uncover the libidinous side of the Arabian Nights as we talk about the seductive power of storytelling.…

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A Future Without Nuclear Energy?

2011-06-13
Length: 52m 35s

The recent nuclear disaster in Japan has many people re-thinking the risks and benefits of nuclear energy. Germany took a bold stance two weeks ago when it pledged to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022. What are the consequences of living without nucl…

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Bach to the Future

2011-06-10
Length: 52m 35s

The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society turns 20 this year with a bang! Co-founders Jeffrey Sykes and Stephanie Jutt are celebrating by coming out with a cookbook and a CD, pairing their favorite recipes with their favorite musical selections. Coffee Canta…

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One Beautiful Thing At A Time

2011-06-09
Length: 52m 35s

In Mary Gordon's latest novel, "The Love of My Youth," former lovers rendezvous in Rome after a separation of nearly forty years. Adam says to Miranda, "I want to show you one beautiful thing every day." Can a novel be a guidebook?…

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Socrates in China

2011-06-08
Length: 52m 35s

Peter Vernezze went to China as a Peace Corps Volunteer to get a break from teaching philosophy. But in order to understand his students, he went back to teaching the nature of truth and the ideal of the good life, discovering in the process a side of Chi…

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India: Geek Nation?

2011-06-07
Length: 52m 35s

Are Indians naturally geeky? In her new book, Angela Saini, who sees herself as the geek daughter of her Indian geek father, explores the past and future of India's devotion to science.…

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Religion With Joy

2011-06-06
Length: 52m 35s

Many practitioners approach religion without joy, relying on concepts that constrict us rather than free us. Using music and movement, Rabbi Sigal teaches methods and guides practices intended to free the spirit and release the dance of the soul.…

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You Can Make Injera!

2011-06-03
Length: 52m 35s

If you've had the opportunity to dig into a traditional Ethiopian meal, the "plate" you probably ate it from and the "fork" you used to eat it were probably a spongy, sour bread called injera. Even for a native Ethiopian like Mulusew Yayehyirad, co-founde…

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The Wabi-Sabi Way

2011-06-02
Length: 52m 35s

Do you love your rusty, dented old wheelbarrow? How Wabi-Sabi of you! A philosophy of seeing and homemaking, wabi-sabi has its roots in Japanese Zen Buddhism, but it's all about the imperfection of dried leaves, not the perfection of a fresh cherry blosso…

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Indigo: The Color That Seduced The World

2011-06-01
Length: 52m 35s

Indigo, "the bluest of blues," is not just a color, but, as Catherine McKinley puts it, "an attempt to capture beauty." Inspired by her own ancestral entanglement with Indigo, Catherine set out to learn from the last master dyers of West Africa and discov…

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Inside Islam: Laughter As A Path To Understanding

2011-05-31
Length: 52m 35s

In keeping with the lighter spirit of our latest Inside Islam programs, we present Muslim Comedians Tissa Hami and Dean Obeidallah, who use comedy to break down the stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs that have surged after 9-11.…

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Theater Of War (Encore)

2011-05-30
Length: 52m 35s

Long before Memorial Day, Sophocles, the ancient Greek general and playwright, depicted the timeless psychological wounds inflicted upon warriors in his plays. In the Theater of War project, actors and actresses read Sophocles's plays to active service me…

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How To Eat Well On Forty Dollars A Week

2011-05-27
Length: 52m 35s

Newly divorced and laid off, food writer Robin Mather moved to the woods and slashed her food budget. Her pantry became her savings account and the farmers nearby her grocers and her friends.…

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Elif Shafak

2011-05-26
Length: 52m 35s

The most widely read woman writer in Turkey today, Elif Shafak was accused of insulting "Turkishness" for mentioning the Armenian genocide in one of her novels. Throughout her life and career, Elif has tried to unify the wildly different aspects of her id…

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How To Make It Happen: Collective Visioning

2011-05-25
Length: 52m 11s

Linda Stout proved through her award winning work in Appalachia that diversity is essential to meaningful social change. Now, she's helping groups around the country begin their work by getting everybody a seat at the table.…

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Chosen Peoples

2011-05-24
Length: 52m 35s

The idea of "the chosen" is everywhere in American and Israeli history, both trying to grasp the meaning of divine election and to bear its burden. We'll examine the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel through the prism of their perceived spe…

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Inside Islam: Muslims, Mosques, And American Identity (Encore)

2011-05-23
Length: 52m 35s

Enjoy this Gabriel Award-winning program from our "Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates" series, "Muslims, Mosques, and American Identity." Can a Muslim be an American? Islamic Studies luminary Akbar Ahmed went all the way back to the Founding Fathers to a…

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Beyond the Pasta

2011-05-20
Length: 52m 35s

Mark Leslie didn't just want to eat Italian food; he wanted to learn how to cook from a real Italian family. From the family in Viterbo that took him in, he not only learned how to cook, but how to live in a whole new way.…

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Inside Islam: On A Wing And A Prayer

2011-05-19
Length: 52m 35s

Could anything be crazier than a Muslim-American learning to fly a plane in the United States post 9-11? I met Monem Salam a few months ago at a conference in Bloomington, Indiana, where he told his hilarious and touching story of how he fulfilled his lif…

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Tuesdays With Morrie, Russian-Style

2011-05-18
Length: 52m 35s

In the 1980's, Wisconsinite Lisa Paul was a college student in Moscow studying Russian under the wing of an outspoken Jewish Soviet dissident. In her new book, "Swimming in the Daylight," she tells the harrowing story of how she put her own life on the l…

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Beyond The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Encore)

2011-05-17
Length: 52m 35s

In the last 20 years Noir has gone global, with Swedish fiction writer Stieg Larsson copping the number two place as best-selling author in the U.S., and crime fiction showing up in countries like Algeria, Turkey, and India. Join us with "Detectives Beyon…

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Fortunate Sons (Encore)

2011-05-16
Length: 52m 35s

What happened when the Qing dynasty sent 120 boys to go to school in the U.S. in 1872? The boys got good at baseball and picked up nicknames like ByJinks Johnnie and Fighting Chinee. But they also confronted a struggle between traditionalism and modernity…

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Ancient Grains

2011-05-13
Length: 52m 35s

Think whole grains are just for health nuts? Maria Speck's love affair with barley, farro, and millet will change your mind. She grew up in Greece and Germany and will help us rediscover old world treatments of mankind's oldest staples.…

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After the Dalai Lama

2011-05-12
Length: 52m 35s

In March of this year, the Dalai Lama announced that he was looking for a successor who could take over his political duties as head of Tibet's government in exile. Late last month, the exiled Tibetans elected a new Harvard-educated Prime Minister. We'll …

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Inside Islam: The 99

2011-05-11
Length: 52m 35s

What power do superheroes really have? Naif al-Mutawa believes that they can change the world. That's why he created "The 99": superheroes inspired by the 99 attributes of Allah. Together with "The 99," Naif is out to fight radical Islam and Western misco…

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Benazir Bhutto

2011-05-10
Length: 52m 35s

The premier of "Bhutto," an Independent Lens film that airs on Tuesday night, gives us a reason to talk about the woman who broke the glass ceiling to become the first woman headofstate to rule a Muslim nation.…

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A Kidnapping in Milan (Encore)

2011-05-09
Length: 52m 35s

The CIA snatched the terrorist suspect Abu Omar from a street in Milan on February 17th, 2003, and spirited him away to Egypt for extraordinary rendition. The Italian court responded by convicting 23 CIA agents, marking the first time the CIA has ever bee…

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Tender

2011-05-06
Length: 52m 35s

Revered British food writer Nigel Slater's encyclopedic take on his vegetable garden arrives on the American side of the Atlantic just in time to inspire your plans for this year's vegetable patch! Lori Skelton sits in as we nibble everything green, from …

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I Speak for Myself

2011-05-05
Length: 52m 35s

The media have plenty to say about Muslim women, but the day's headlines rarely reflect the lives of the majority of Muslim women. And even less commonly do we hear the voices of Muslim women themselves. This week, Madison welcomes women writers behind a …

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To A Mountain In Tibet (Encore)

2011-05-04
Length: 52m 35s

After the loss of his mother, acclaimed travel writer Colin Thubron journeyed to the holiest mountain on earth: Mount Kailas in Tibet. It is sacred to one-fifth of humankind and has never been climbed. On an often grueling trek through an impoverished yet…

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The Ride Of Your Life

2011-05-03
Length: 52m 35s

It's time to get your bicycles out of the basement! Whether you're crazy about bikes or just appreciate a leisurely ride, you'll fall in love with Rob Penn's story. He once circled the globe on a bike, then traveled to different countries to find the per…

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The World Reacts to Osama Bin Laden's Death

2011-05-02
Length: 52m 35s

While some Americans celebrated Osama Bin Laden's death in Time Square, other countries have their own reactions to this event. Our guests will discuss the impact this event has not only on US soil, but worldwide.…

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Aromas of Aleppo

2011-04-29
Length: 52m 35s

I've just returned from a trip to Aleppo where my husband's grandparents once lived as part of a vibrant Syrian Jewish community. Having eaten sumptuously while there, I naturally wanted to bring to our listeners an awareness of the wonders of Syrian cuis…

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Rainer Maria Rilke: Light In Dark Times

2011-04-28
Length: 52m 35s

Together with Rumi, Rainer Maria Rilke is among America's most prized poets. His connection to nature permeates his work, and his idea of the relationship between the human and the divine as being one of mutual need still inspires spiritual seekers of all…

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The Meaning Of Mary Magdalene

2011-04-27
Length: 52m 35s

Why so much interest in Mary Magdalene lately? Upcoming films, upcoming books (fictional and historical), a Bollywood movie and even a Lady Gaga video. Cynthia Bourgeault is with us this hour. In her book, she says to "reclaim Mary Magdalene is to reclaim…

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Gandhi, Great Soul

2011-04-26
Length: 52m 35s

Amidst political revolution, nonviolent and violent, a new biography of Mahatma Gandhi hits the shelves. Has India idolized the man without fully embracing his teachings? What can we learn from this nonviolent leader's successes and disappointments? Pulit…

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Rara! (Encore)

2011-04-25
Length: 52m 35s

Join us for a special live performance from DJA-Rara, the Brooklyn-based Haitian rara band. There are many explanations of the origins of rara, but whatever its beginnings, this raucous, peripatetic, and subversive music has endured and been embraced by t…

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The Chocolate Chasers (Encore)

2011-04-22
Length: 52m 35s

Dan Pearson was working in Peru with his stepson Brian Horsley when they stumbled on a species of cocoa long thought extinct. Even better, the trees had mutated to produce highly prized white beans! Following their discovery, Dan and Brian partnered with …

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The Optimist's Tour of Our Ecological Future

2011-04-21
Length: 52m 35s

The Optimist is back! Health-care tailored to genetic profiles. Machines that pull carbon dioxide out of the air. What's next? Writer Mark Stevenson set out to answer that question by talking with scientists and philosophers around the world who are think…

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Arrival City

2011-04-20
Length: 52m 35s

Look around: the largest migration in human history is under way. For the first time ever, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. Many of these migrants first live in slums at the outskirts of cities. But these "arrival cities" are not just…

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Syria: The Other Side of the Mirror

2011-04-19
Length: 52m 35s

The protests in Syria are making our daily news, and the entire world is watching as Bashar al-Assad is trying to mollify the protesters. But does the image we get in the news correspond with the real Syria? What aspects of this country do we never hear a…

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The Paper Garden

2011-04-18
Length: 52m 35s

Mary Delany was seventy-two years old when she noticed a petal drop from a geranium. In a flash, she picked up her scissors and cut out a paper replica of the petal, inventing the art of collage. Now nearly a thousand of her cut-paper collages, known as F…

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Chasing Chiles

2011-04-15
Length: 52m 35s

The chili pepper has transformed cuisines around the world since it was first brought from the "New World." As farmers began growing chiles in more and more places, the plants changed and adapted, creating new varieties. Our guests celebrate and fight to …

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Nepal's Road to Democracy

2011-04-14
Length: 52m 35s

Twenty years after their revolution and five years after the end of a decade long civil war, Nepalese are still struggling to bring democracy to Nepal. Recent college graduate Subhash Ghimire isn't giving up. Through education and community projects, he's…

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A Life on the Border: Live From The Fox Cities Book Festival

2011-04-13
Length: 52m 35s

Here on Earth broadcasts live from the Fox Cities Book Festival in Menasha, Wisconsin! Joining us is acclaimed Mexican-American writer Luis Alberto Urrea who says that the border between Mexico and the United States goes right through his heart.…

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Peace, Love and Parazit: Iran's Daily Show

2011-04-12
Length: 52m 35s

Tired of their routine jobs, Saman Arbabi and Kambiz Hosseini, two irreverent young Iranians, started a comedy program called Parazit that's modeled after Jon Stewart's The Daily Show and broadcast over The Voice of America. The show is billed for those w…

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Remembering The Triangle Factory Fire

2011-04-11
Length: 52m 35s

2011 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City. Hardly anyone knows what a shirtwaist is anymore, but we're all familiar with the panic bars and lit signs above exit doors, two regulations fought for b…

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The D.I.Y. Kitchen

2011-04-08
Length: 52m 35s

In her recent feature in the New York Times, Julia Moskin details easy projects for an afternoon in the kitchen. It's a do-it-yourself starter kit for everyone. Join us as we learn to make North African preserved lemons, Chinese chili oil, and creme fraic…

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An Army of Phantoms

2011-04-07
Length: 52m 35s

How did Hollywood impact your experience of the Cold War? We take a trek back to the early days of the Cold War with film historian and critic Jim Hoberman to examine how anxieties about communism made it onto the big screen and, then, straight into our h…

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Unhitched: Love and Family Around the World

2011-04-06
Length: 52m 35s

What makes a "family?" People answer this question in diverse ways around the world. Family researcher Judith Stacey joins us to discuss unique family forms from America, South Africa, and China, including polygamous households and a community that has no…

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Teachers Around The World

2011-04-05
Length: 52m 35s

American teachers are called everything from lazy to hardworking. Either way, we all depend on the quality of their work. While Wisconsin teachers made themselves heard protesting Gov. Walker's budget repair bill, other countries have their own conversati…

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The Dressmaker Of Khair Khana

2011-04-04
Length: 52m 35s

When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 1996, women's lives changed overnight as they were forced into their homes. Yet Afghan women didn't give up. Journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon tells us the story of a young woman who became an entrepreneur and…

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The Wild Table

2011-04-01
Length: 52m 35s

Spring is here, and delicacies such as morels, ramps, and elderflowers will soon make their way into the forager's kitchen. Connie Green has spent the last three decades not only championing wild food, but also inspiring the finest chefs across the countr…

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Talking To The Enemy (Encore)

2011-03-31
Length: 52m 35s

Anthropologist Scott Atran spent years talking to terrorists. In his new book, he argues that terrorists don't die for a cause, but for each other. We'll explore the social lives of terrorists, and how things are changing in Afghanistan with a new generat…

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The Lion's Eye: Seeing in the Wild (Encore)

2011-03-30
Length: 52m 35s

All her life, Joanna Greenfield dreamed of traveling to Africa to study wild animals. She got a once in a lifetime chance to follow wild chimpanzees in East Africa while she was still in college, an adventure strangely enhanced by her impaired vision. (Re…

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Freelance Diplomacy (Encore)

2011-03-29
Length: 52m 35s

After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross found himself disagreeing with UK policies that led to the Iraq War. Disenchanted with conventional diplomacy, he re-invented himself as a "freelance diplomat," and founded Independent Diplomats, …

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The Future Of Recycling (Encore)

2011-03-28
Length: 52m 35s

Tom Szaky, the 28-year-old founder of TerraCycle, one of the fastest growing green companies in the world, is making a business out of recycling and a name for himself as "The Number One C.E.O. in America Under Age 30." (Rebroadcast from January 20, 2011.…

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