*This episode originally aired on Robin Hood Radio on Friday, January 23rd, 2015.*
Nuruddin Farah is an internationally renown novelist and essayist, who has been exiled from his home country of Somalia since the 1970s. He has written 12 novels which have been translated into over twenty languages (and counting), dozens of short stories, and countless essays and opinion pieces for publications all over the world. Nuruddin Farah has been on the faculty at Bard College as Distinguished Professor of Literature since the fall of 2013.
His most recent novel, Hiding in Plain Sight is reviewed in the New York Times here, at NPR here, and in the Toronto Star here. You can read and listen to his most recent short story in the New Yorker, The Start of the Affair. A recent interview on NPR is available here and an older one for PBS is available here.
Mark Danner is a highly-acclaimed writer and journalist who has been covering war zones around the world for nearly three decades. His reporting on Haiti in the early 1980s, his writing about Bosnia in the 1990s, and his coverage of the United States’ torture policy since the inception of the ‘war on terror’ are among the most notable and enduring contributions to the field of long-form journalism. Mark Danner has been on the faculty at Bard College since 2003, first as the Henry Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, and curretnly as the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities.
Read the recent New York Review of Books interview with Mark Danner about the Senate Torture Report, “Our New Politics of Torture”
You can find many of his writings and interviews on his website: http://www.markdanner.com/