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Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 3:30 PM
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 3:30 PM The Big Read

'The Fall of the House of Usher,' A Big Read Documentary -- Few writers have pioneered so many forms of escapism as Edgar Allan Poe, and fewer still have sought escape so desperately themselves. Poe's claustrophobic life consisted of one escape attempt after another, most of them unsuccessful. Again and again he dodged poverty through overwork, but never for long. He fled loneliness into an ill-fated, loving but likely chaste marriage to a frail cousin. And drink promised an oblivion that kept luring him back, with increasingly destructive consequences.

Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 2:00 PM
Sat, Mar 28, 2015 -- 2:00 PM Re:Sound

The Letters Show -- The show explores letters, to yourself, to your city, lost letters, found letters -- and a love letter to letters. We put a lot of trust in the U.S. Postal Service and for the most part, it comes through for us. But when one company handles approximately 177 billion pieces of mail a year, every once in awhile a few things are bound to get lost. One story explores the place where lost mail goes to be found - though not necessarily by its proper owner. You can send a letter through the mail, but what if you could send one back in time? What would you write to your younger self? Even with today's technology, writing to your past self is still impossible, but there are ways to write to your future self -- with the help of the Internet.

Fri, Mar 27, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 -- 2:00 AM Intelligence Squared U.S.

Should the U.S. Adopt the 'Right to be Forgotten' Online? -- In 2014, the European Union's Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, "the right -- under certain conditions -- to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them." It is not absolute, but meant to be balanced against other fundamental rights, like freedom of expression. In the half year since the court's decision, Google has received over 180,000 removal requests. Of those reviewed and processed, 40.5 percent were granted. Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S. the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity? The show takes up the debate.

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