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Kensington Joint Action Council.

Michael DiBerardinis is an organizer with the Kensington Joint Action Council (KJAC), an community group that attempts to unite Whites, Blacks, and Latinx to tackle neighborhood problems. DiBerardinis joins the show to discuss conditions, racial relations, and politics in the neighborhood. (INTERVIEW BY DAVE DAVIES)


What It Takes to Get A Political Convention to Come to Your City.

Reporter Dave Davies talks about Philadelphia and next week’s Republican National Convention. He’ll talk about what the city did to get the convention, what image the city is trying to project, and what the city is doing to prepare for the delegates, the protestors, and the media. Davies will also talk about the current controversy surrounding the Philadelphia police. Davies is a long time reporter in the Philadelphia area. He covers City Hall and city politics for the Philadelphia Daily News.


Italian Journalist Riccardo Orizio

Orizio is the author of the book Talk of the Devil: Encounters with Seven Dictators. He interviewed deposed dictators who have not apologized for their crimes and weren't rehabilitated. They were Uganda's Idi Amin, Haiti's "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Ethiopia's Mengistu and others. The interview is conducted by Fresh Air guest host Dave Davies.


Alan Alda: He Really Was a Contender

On The West Wing, Alda played Sen. Arnold Vinick, a Republican candidate for president. He is perhaps best known for his work on the TV series M*A*S*H. His autobiography is Never Have Your Dog Stuffed. This interview with Dave Davies originally aired on Sept. 21, 2005.


Designer Dogs

Writer Jon Mooallem wrote "Designer-Dog Fights," a story in the New York Times Magazine about the breeders who breed dogs to create a canine with a particular mix of behavioral and physical characteristics.


Directing 'The Lives of Others'

German writer and director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's movie, The Lives of Others, has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Donnersmarck writes that his film is "a human drama about the ability of human beings to do the right thing, no matter how far they have gone down the wrong path."


Pulitzer Winner Lawrence Wright on 'The Looming Tower'

Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker, yesterday won a Pulitzer Prize in the general-nonfiction category for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaida and the Road to 9/11. The book is based on more than 500 interviews, some with friends and relatives of Osama bin Laden; it examines the circumstances that led to the formation of al-Qaida. Rebroadcast from August 15, 2006.


Eat Up — And Don't Forget the Palate Cleansers

Food scientist Massimo Marcone travels the world's remotest corners to investigate bizarre food "delicacies" — cheese infested with squirming maggots, coffee brewed from coffee beans extracted from the feces of a cat-like creature, salad oil made from nuts excreted by goats, and so on.

Marcone teaches food science at the University of Guelph, in Ontario. His new book is In Bad Taste? The Adventures and Science Behind Food Delicacies


'Lives of Others' Director von Donnersmarck

The Lives of Others, a spy film set in the former East Germany, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Its director, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, writes that it's "a human drama about the ability of human beings to do the right thing, no matter how far they have gone down the wrong path." In addition to the Oscar, the film took home seven Lola awards (the German answer to the Academy Awards), along with prizes at the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. It's due out on DVD Aug. 21.


'Life Lessons' From a White House Plumber

When Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971, the Nixon White House tried to discredit him. Among other things, Nixon loyalists burglarized the office of Ellsberg's psychiatrist.

On this edition of Fresh Air, we spend the entire hour with Bud Krogh, who went to prison for his role in the Ellsberg affair — and who has a new memoir. It's called Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons from the White House.


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