Jeffrey Brown

  • March 29, 2013  

    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

  • March 27, 2013  

    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

  • March 25, 2013  

    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

  • March 22, 2013    

    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.
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  • March 20, 2013  

    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

  • March 15, 2013    

    What is postmodern poetry? That’s the question Paul Hoover poses for his introduction to the Norton Anthology’s second edition of “Postmodern American Poetry.”
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  • March 15, 2013  

    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

  • March 13, 2013  

    Ai Weiwei has spent his career creating art with a direct social and political message. His photos, sculptures and installations highlight issues like Chinese censorship and corruption. Jeffrey Brown reports on Ai’s career and "According to What?" — an exhibition of his work at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

  • March 8, 2013    

    “The Searchers” is, of course, the name of director John Ford’s famous 1956 Western starring John Wayne. But it’s also part of a much bigger American story, steeped in myth, told and re-told in different forms. It’s now at the heart of a new book titled “The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend.”
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  • March 8, 2013  

    Poet and writer Gretel Ehrlich shares her reflections on the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, where she traveled to document the physical and emotional aftermath. Best known for her nature and travel writing, Ehrlich has authored 13 books, including three of poetry. Continue reading