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The King James Bible Turns 400

Friday, August 19, 2011

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Linguist and author of Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language, David Crystal, discusses its impact on the English language over the last four centuries.

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Her Harlem

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, contributor to Transition Magazine and author of Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, talks about the history and future of Harlem as the center of Black America.

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Famed Chef: Ferran Adrià on Training Young Chefs

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ferran Adrià, head chef at legendary restaurant El Bulli and creator of "culinary foam," and Lisa Abend, journalist and author of the new book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli, discuss the culinary movement Adrià began and the kitchen culture at El Bulli.

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Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, August 19, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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Daniel Ellsberg On Wikileaks

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg discusses the Wikileaks case, which he sees as analogous to his 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers.

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Pentagon Papers Legacy and WikiLeaks

Friday, August 19, 2011

James Goodale, former vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times and a lead lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, discusses the WikiLeaks case on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Pentagon Papers decision.

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All Things To All Men

Friday, August 19, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

The work of Wikileaks and Private Bradley Manning is being compared to the Pentagon Papers case from 40 years ago. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers, and James Goodale, the attorney who represented The New York Times in the case, explain the significance of the case today. Plus: the role of individuals when crisis and disaster strikes; molecular gastronomy with world-famous chef Ferran Adria; the many spheres of Harlem; and how language in the 400-year-old King James Bible influences our speech today.  

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The World's "Most Wanted" Hacker

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kevin Mitnick, famous former hacker turned security consultant and author of Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, discusses the vulnerabilities of information security and what it was like being a former hacker.

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Clemency for Lindh?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Frank Lindh, father of 'American Taliban' John Walker Lindh, argues that his son should be released from prison and that the original 20-year sentence for fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan was excessive. 

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Anna and the Independent Voter: In the Granite State

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale returns to discuss how the GOP candidates are trying to woo the famously independent New Hampshire voter.

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Two-Minus-One Pregnancy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ruth Padawer, a writer and professor who covers health and gender issues, discusses her recent article for the New York Times Magazine about the ethical decision of reducing twins to a single fetus. She explores the question of why the choice is such an uneasy one to make, even for pro-choice women.

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Anti-Corruption Protest in India

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Amol Sharma, Wall Street Journal correpondent in New Delhi, discusses the anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, his hunger strike starting tomorrow, and his popular movement.

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Super Committee: Who's Who

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scott Montgomery, CQ Roll Call editor in chief, explains the make-up and functioning of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction or "super committee." The 12-member bipartisan panel is charged with finding 1.5 trillion in savings over ten years.

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Super Decisions

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The 12 members of the bi-partisan Congressional “super committee” are tasked with reducing the deficit. Scott Montgomery, CQ Roll Call editor-in-chief, discusses how the make-up of the committee might tell us what decisions they’ll make. Plus: It’s A Free Country’s Anna Sale reports on her trip to The Granite State to talk to New Hampshire’s independent voters; Kevin Mitnick talks about being the world’s most-wanted hacker when he was arrested; the father of the ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh argues that his son should be released; and the wrenching decision of reducing twins to a single fetus. 

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Brian Lehrer Show: Live at Montclair State

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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Literary Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Journalist and literary critic Evan Hughes discusses his debut book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life, which chronicles the borough's relationship with its many writers.

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Resist Much. Obey Little.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

London. Madrid. The Arab Spring. It’s been a year of social unrest all over the globe, so why not in the United States? Sudhir Venkatesh, professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University, talks about the factors that lead to protest. Plus: Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek on what kind of economic plans President Obama might propose; the strike against Verizon; Henry Louis Gates Jr. of The Root talks about race in the Dominican Republic; and the rich literary history of Brooklyn.

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Mormon America

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

There are two Mormon candidates in contention for the 2012 GOP nomination. Richard N. Ostling, former religion writer for the Associated Press and Time Magazine and co-author of Mormon America: The Power and the Promise, discusses how Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman balance their religious and political identities.

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Booster-in-Chief

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

President Obama says in September he'll send Congress "a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and to control our deficit." Peter Coy, economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, examines the president's options for such a plan.

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The Year of Protest, Except Here?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The world witnessed many protests around the globe this year but none here in the US. Sudhir Venkatesh, professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Columbia University, author of the "Underground" column for The Daily and author of Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets discusses why protests around the world have not spread to the US (yet?).

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