Oct 15, 2012 — Novelists Aatish Taseer and Naomi Benaron portray life amid sectarian violence in Pakistan and Rwanda, respectively, while Glenn Carle reflects on being a CIA interrogator, novelist Jonathan Lethem explores his influences, and David Bellos probes translation's complexity.
Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
Sep 5, 2009 — There's a saying in Rwanda: "God spends the day elsewhere, but he sleeps in Rwanda." It alludes to Rwanda's physical beauty, but also to the brutality that has sometimes haunted the country. Joseph Sebarenzi captures both in his memoir, God Sleeps in Rwanda.
Apr 24, 2006 — Authors Louise Mushikiwabo and Jack Kramer discuss their new book, Rwanda Means the Universe. They describe years of peaceful coexistence between the Bahutu and Batutsi in Rwanda, and events leading up to the massacre of the Tutsi people in 1994.
Apr 10, 2006 — As genocide ravaged Rwanda in 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina risked his own life to save the lives of over 1,000 people. He used diplomacy, flattery, and even deceit as he worked to keep people alive. Rusesabagina tells his story, which inspired the film Hotel Rwanda.
Apr 6, 2006 — Twelve years ago, Hutu militias began a slaughter in Rwanda that left at least 800,000 people dead. Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired Hotel Rwanda, talks about his new memoir and the legacy of African colonialism.
Apr 7, 2005 — Eleven years ago in Rwanda, Hutus began killing their tribal rivals the Tutsis. Over 100 days more than 800,000 people were massacred, including many Hutu moderates. How are Rwandans seeking justice and moving on from those traumatic experiences? And how have the media instigators of the violence been held accountable?
Feb 5, 2005 — Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire witnessed the killing and chaos of the Hutu/Tutsi conflict in Rwanda. Scott Simon talks to Dallaire about his experience, which is chronicled in his book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.