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WILL - Focus - August 02, 2012

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

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(Duration: 55:01)

Katherine Boo, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Pulitzer Prize Winner

Host: David Inge
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Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo has written about the dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities. Her book "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" is based on three years of uncompromising reporting.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, February 20, 2012, 11 am


WILL - Focus - July 12, 2012

Haiti: The Aftershocks of History

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(Duration: 55:01)

Laurent Dubois, Ph..D., Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University

Host: David Inge

In January of 2010 Haiti was devastated by a powerful earthquake, the worst in more than 200 years. As many as 300,000 people may have died. Now, over two years later, the country is still struggling to rebuild in spite of billions of dollars in aid promised by the international community.  We'll talk about Haiti with Laurent Dubois from Duke University, author of "Haiti: the Aftershocks of History." His book looks at the ways the country’s past continues to shape its present.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 27, 2012, 11 am


WILL - Focus - July 06, 2012

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

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(Duration: 51:25)

Why are some nations rich and others poor? Many explanations have been offered: culture, geography, even weather. But MIT economist Daron Acemoglu says what matters most are the political and economic institutions made by people. We’ll hear more about the root causes behind success and failure and talk about what might be done to build widespread prosperity.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - July 05, 2012

The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration, and Trade Matter

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(Duration: 50:58)

Northwestern University Sociologist Gary Alan Fine has been studying rumors for over 35 years. He began by looking at the ways rumors affected race relations and made it so difficult for blacks and whites to get together. In his more recent work, he has looked at rumors that deal with international politics. He says rumors provide access to what people believe and the beliefs they keep hidden. Fine will share some ideas from his book "The Global Grapevine: Why Rumors of Terrorism, Immigration and Trade Matter."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, May 04, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - July 03, 2012

The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story

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(Duration: 51:60)

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most powerful symbols, yet when it arrived in crates, no one could have imagined just how powerful it would become. We’ll get the story of the small group of French intellectuals who decided to offer a tribute to American liberty and of the uphill fight for American support. Our guest will be historian Edward Berenson, author of the new book "The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, June 29, 2012, 11 am


WILL - Focus - July 03, 2012

Current Events in Burma/Myanmar

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(Duration: 52:22)

Burma is one of the poorest countries in Asia. A long period of military rule has kept the country from developing either politically or economically. But that may be starting to change. One sign of that change was the recent election to Parliament of the country’s leading opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi. Next time on Focus our morning talk show we will review recent events in Burma as we talk with Christina Fink, from the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - June 15, 2012

The European Union

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(Duration: 51:04)

John McCormick, Ph.D., Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Politics, Department of Political Science; Director of Graduate Studies, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Host: David Inge
 

Proponents of unification in Europe have long argued that closer ties across national borders would lead to peace and prosperity. Certainly the first part has been achieved, but there are questions about the second.  We’ll talk about the ongoing economic crisis in the EU. Our guest will be John McCormick, professor of European Union Politics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. We’ll review the causes of the crisis, and talk about the future of the Euro.


WILL - Focus - June 04, 2012

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

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(Duration: 49:48)

Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Host: David Inge
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This interview was recorded on January 26, 2012

We’ll bring you a conversation with one of America’s leading scholars of East Asia, Ezra Vogel, emeritus professor of social sciences at Harvard. His 1979 best-selling book "Japan as Number One," predicted the rise of Japan as an economic powerhouse. His most recent book looks at China’s development and role Deng Xiaoping played in that country’s modernization. The first book, he says, played a role in educating America about Japan. His hope is that the new book will do the same for China.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 30, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - May 29, 2012

The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story

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(Duration: 51:60)

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most powerful symbols, yet when it arrived in crates, no one could have imagined just how powerful it would become. We’ll get the story of the small group of French intellectuals who decided to offer a tribute to American liberty and of the uphill fight for American support. Our guest will be historian Edward Berenson, author of the new book "The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story."



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