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Friday, November 12, 2010

On today's show: we’ll look into whether the Internet is bound to meet the same fate as its 20th century forbears—namely, being monopolized eventually by a few powerful corporations. Then, two members of JFK’s secret service detail break a decades-long silence to talk to us about the assassination and its aftermath. Also, Daphne Kalotay talks about her novel Russian Winter. Plus, Harold McGee joins us on Please Explain to talk about food myths.

The Master Switch

Tim Wu discusses the history of the information industry in America, and looks at whether the Internet will be taken over and privatized as radio and television has before it. In The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information, he tells stories of the power over information, and wonders if the Internet—and the entire flow of American information—will come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan.

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The Kennedy Detail

Former Kennedy secret service agents Gerald Blaine and Clint Hill discusses the inside story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the weeks and days that led to it, and its aftermath. The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence, written by Blaine and Lisa McCubbin, draws on the memories of his fellow agents, men who devoted their entire beings to protecting the presidential family, and looks at the terrible impact the assassination had on agents’ psyches and families.

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Daphne Kalotay's Novel Russian Winter

Daphne Kalotay discusses her novel Russian Winter. It tells the story of Nina Revskaya, once a great star of the Bolshoi Ballet, who decides to auction off her jewelry collection. She finds herself overwhelmed by memories of her homeland and of the events, both glorious and heartbreaking, that changed the course of her life half a century ago.

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Please Explain: Food Myths

Harold McGee discusses and debunks myths about food and cooking for today's Please Explain. He’s the author of Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes.

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