Shows: April 6, 2010

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Indonesia: Military Assassinations and a Journalist Under Fire

While Congress debates renewed aid to the Indonesian armed forces, an elite military unit was recently implicated in a series of assassinations of civilian activists in 2009. Investigative journalist Allan Nairn broke the story, and is now under threat of arrest by the Indonesian government. The assassinations took place in the province of Aceh leading up to the local elections there. We speak with Allan Nairn from Indonesia, as well as John Miller of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network.

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Juvenilia: A New Book by Ken Chen

Ken Chen won this year’s Yale Younger Poets prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in America. He became the first Asian American man to win the award, which has been given annually since 1919 to writers like John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, and Robert Hass. He joins us in the studio

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Das Racist

The Brooklyn-based rap trio Das Racist, known for polarizing crowds at music festivals, joins us in the studio. Their style has been described as "'deconstructionalist': sawing the legs out from under hip-hop as they celebrate it." They recently released their first album, Shut Up, Dude, on the internet. We talk to Victor Vazquez and Ashok Kondabolu of Das Racist about hip-hop, philosophy, and their new album.

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