In Colorado, some schools are tapping an unlikely bullying prevention tool: the plays of William Shakespeare. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival adapts the bard’s works as a way to start discussions on bullying, violence and the moment of choosing between right and wrong. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks with Gerald Stern, one of America’s most acclaimed poets. At 87, Stern received the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress for his collection, "Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992." Stern reflects on his working class upbringing and 70 years of writing verse. Continue reading
A poor young boy from an impoverished village comes to a sprawling, wild, sometimes violent city, where he makes and loses a fortune. This is the tale of “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” set in an unnamed country very much like Pakistan, told in the form of a self-help book. Author Mohsin Hamid talks to Jeffrey Brown and reads an excerpt of his work.
In Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," a poor young boy from an impoverished village makes his way to a city to find his fortune. Jeffrey Brown talks with Hamid about why the story is told like a self-help book and why he writes to better understand the current culture and conditions in Pakistan. Continue reading
Why are some of America’s top academic achievers are missing out on a shot to attend the best universities? As part of the PBS NewsHour’s continuing coverage on inequality in U.S., Jeffrey Brown talks with Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University, an author of a new study on the issue, and Michele Minter of Princeton University. Continue reading
A new book examines the murders, murderers and capital punishment overseen by the highest court in the U.S. Jeffrey Brown talks with veteran journalists Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien about "Murder at the Supreme Court," which documents some of the most notorious crimes and subsequent penalties. Continue reading
Nigerian novelist, poet, essayist, statesman and dissident Chinua Achebe died Thursday in Boston after a brief illness. He was 82. Achebe emerged upon the literary world in 1958 with the publication of his novel “Things Fall Apart,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages.
In Syria, sketchy reports of two deadly chemical weapon attacks were blamed on rebels by the state media, but those claims seem to be highly suspect. Jeffrey Brown gets analysis from Leonard Spector of the Monterey Institute’s Center for Nonproliferation and David Ignatius, a foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post. Continue reading
The conflict in Syria hit a grim milestone: two years ago protests began that would spark the current civil war. Syrian rebels have announced they will continue to fight until the Assad regime is gone. Jeffrey Brown reports on whether Western nations are any closer to interceding directly. Continue reading