1001 Nights

February 2, 2014

The bedtime stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba and Aladdin are enchanting stories. They’re also much more: violent, sexually explicit, political, and feminist.

  1. 1001 Nights 101

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    The Thousand and One Nights have been told and re-told for centuries, censored and banned in the Middle East, and made into cheesy Disney movies for kids. But have you ever read them? Here's the backstory with Steve Paulson. 

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  2. 1001 Nights: A Retelling - Hanan Al-Shaykh

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    Sheherezade –  the world’s first feminist. Lebanese writer Hanan Al-Shaykh has re-told some of her stories in a new collection.

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  3. SONIC SIDEBAR: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights

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    How relevant are 1001 Nights today? Well, they’re still a powerful influence for some very famous writers. Here' Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk.

    You can also hear our interview with Pamuk on his novel "Snow."

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  4. Salman Rushdie on "Luka and the Fire of Life"

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    The first stories in "Thousand and One Nights" were written down in the ninth century. They’ve been added to over the years. In some ways, it’s not so much a book as a living river of stories. Some of the most recent additions come from the celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie.

    You can also hear many more interviews with Rushdie.

     

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  5. Dangerous Idea: No Laugh Track

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    Author Chuck Klosterman's Dangerous Idea? Laugh tracks are the most philosophically stupid thing. Ever.

    We've interviewed Klosterman a number of times, here's a link to more interviews with him.

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  6. On Our Minds: Defense Contractors

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    Erik Prince was the founder and CEO of Blackwater, the controversial private military contractor. He's also been called a soldier for hire and a mercenary.  

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