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2:39pm

Sat June 11, 2011
Author Interviews

Psychiatrist Bears Witness To A Century Of Atrocities

In 1962, Robert Jay Lifton and his wife, BJ, arrived in Hiroshima where Lifton studied the human consequences of nuclear weapons through conversations with survivors of 1945's atomic bomb.
Courtesy of Free Press

Robert Jay Lifton wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life when he left the Army in 1954 after serving in the Korean War. He was living with his wife in Hong Kong and was about to return to the U.S. to pursue a predictable career. Instead, the psychiatrist made a last-minute decision to stay in Hong Kong — and it changed everything.

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6:42pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Music Interviews

Ben Allison: Personal And Unpredictable

Ben Allison says that putting a personal spin on the songs he loves often requires breaking them apart.
Lourdes Delgado

Jazz bassist Ben Allison has made a name for himself with his original compositions, but on his 10th album, Action-Refraction, he reinterprets the works of other musicians. The selections vary widely: from the R&B of Donny Hathaway to the unconventional rock of PJ Harvey. Though Allison says he was attracted to "tuneful, well-crafted songs," his covers are by no means ordinary.

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4:59pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Author Interviews

Blood, Bones and Organs: The Gruesome 'Red Market'

Locals say this building in Kolkata, India was once the center of the Indian black market bone trade. They say workers once dried human bones on the roof and cleaned corpses inside.
Scott Carney

Journalist Scott Carney figures he's worth about $250,000, but that number isn't based on his savings or his assets; it's what Carney thinks his body would fetch if it were broken down into individual parts and sold on what he calls the "red market."

In his new book, also called The Red Market, Carney explores the shadowy but lucrative global marketplace for blood, bones and organs. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that despite being underground, there's no question the red market is thriving.

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4:17pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Music Interviews

From 'Shenandoah' To Afghanistan: George Crumb's 'Winds Of Destiny'

A US Navy sailor waiting to be sent out on a mission in Afghanistan in November 2010.
Paula Bronstein Getty Images

Though the Civil War is a century and a half behind us, our country's involvement in conflict is not. Director Peter Sellars has taken a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb, based on folk songs of the Civil War, and updated it to the present day.

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3:07pm

Fri June 10, 2011
Environment

Flooding Near Steamboat Springs Causes Headaches, no Emergencies Yet

Rivers in northern and western Colorado continue to swell as Colorado’s record snowpack melts amid rising June temperatures.  Residents along the Eagle River downstream of Vail were bracing for more flooding Friday, as is much of the Steamboat Springs area.

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