Thailand On The Edge
In Thailand, tensions are running high over continuing anti-government protests. There have been reports of explosions near the site of the protests in the capital Bangkok where thousands of the so-called red shirt demonstrators are camped. Thai soldiers are also digging in and a spokesman for the military says time is running out for the protestors to leave. We get the latest from the BBC's Rachel Harvey in Bangkok.
Novel Enters Debate On Whether God Is There
There's been a running battle on the non-fiction best seller list over whether God exists. Now, there's a fictional take on the debate. The new novel, "36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction," follows the story of Cass Seltzer, a best selling author considered an "atheist with a soul." While he doesn't believe in God, he takes faith seriously. We discuss the novel and its implications with author and MacArthur Genius award winner, Rebecca Goldstein.
Islamic Group Warns Creators Of South Park
After the 200th episode of Comedy Central's "South Park" last week depicted the prophet Mohammad wearing a giant bear costume, an Islamic group warned that the show's producers, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, "will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh." That's a reference to the brutal 2004 murder of the Dutch filmmaker after he made a film about the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies. We speak to David Itzkoff, contributor to the New York Times Culture At Large blog.
Hubble Telescope Turns 20
On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the first of its kind telescope into outer space. We'll talk about the impact the Hubble has had on astronomy, from providing pictures of the earliest galaxies, to giant black holes, to proving Einstein's theory of the Big Bang. Kelly Beatty of Sky and Telescope Magazine is our guest.
'The Pacific' Brings Back Brutality Of Forgotten WWII Campaigns
HBO's new miniseries, "The Pacific," reminds Americans of the brutal campaign between the U.S. and Japan in World War II. Many of these battles on unpronounceable island atolls have been forgotten, and author Hugh Ambrose explains why. He says not only was Nazi Germany a greater threat to humanity during WWII, but the battles in the Pacific were so fierce, that the men who fought there did their best to forget them. Hugh Ambrose, son of the late historian, Stephen Ambrose, consulted on the miniseries and wrote the companion book, "The Pacific," and says those stories must be told in order to remind people of the consequences of war.
Music From The Show
- Moby, "Myopia"
- Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
- Sonny Rollins, "Get Happy"
- The Doors, "Peace Frog"
- The Lickets, "Meat City"
- Radiohead, "Myxamatosis"
- Blake Neely, Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli, "With The Old Breed"
This program aired on April 22, 2010.
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