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What can citizens of our modern world learn from traditional societies? Author Jared Diamond discusses that question, which he explores in his latest book. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu on his State of the City address; a preview of the 113th Congress and Washington's Sandy aid package; sexual assault protests in New Delhi; and a new book explains how to think like Sherlock Holmes.
On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.
Fresh Air is one of the most popular programs on public radio, breaking the "talk show" mold, and Gross is known for her fearless and insightful interviews with prominent figures in American arts, politics, and popular culture.