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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Michael Scheuer, the head of the CIA’s bin Laden Unit from 1996 to 1999, talks about the life and continuing influence of the terrorist mastermind. Then, Lisa Napoli describes what she learned while starting a radio station in Bhutan, a country that has been described as the “most content place on earth.” Also, Oscar winning documentary filmmaker Richard Kaplan talks about his 60-year career. Plus, we take a look at the life and work of Charles Portis, the author of True Grit, a 43-year old book that recently bumped Stieg Larson off the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list!

Osama bin Laden

Michael Scheuer, the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, explains why Osama bin Laden continues to be a significant and powerful figure—he’s devout, talented, patient, ruthless, and a formidable, implacable enemy of the West. In Osama Bin Laden, Scheuer shows bin Laden to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable communication abilities.

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Radio Shangri-La

Lisa Napoli talks about moving to Bhutan: a deeply spiritual place whose citizens are believed to be among the most content in the world. Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth is an account of how she created a new community for herself and helped to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station: Kuzoo FM.

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The Films of Richard Kaplan

Filmmaker Richard Kaplan talks about his life and work. His celebrated documentaries include: The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1965; King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis; A Look at Liv (Ullmann); The Exiles; and Varian and Putzi: A 20th Century Tale. The film exhibition “Wayfarer and Truthteller: A Retrospective Look at the Films of Richard Kaplan” is playing at MoMA February 7-15.

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Egyptian Economics

Max Rodenbeck, Middle East Correspondent for The Economist, examines what impact the continuing protests are having on Egypt’s economy and financial system.

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Charles Portis's True Grit

True Grit leaped to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List on January 30 – bumping off Stieg Larsson. We’ll look into the life and work of Charles Portis, who lives in Arkansas, and whose novels have recently been reissued by Overlook Press. We’ll be joined by Lynne Nesbit, his agent for the last 40 years, Peter Mayer, Overlook publisher, and Carlo Rotella, an English professor in Boston who went down to Arkansas to meet with Charles Portis in November, and then wrote about him in the New York Times magazine.

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Guest Picks: Lynne Nesbit

Lynne Nesbit stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about the novel "True Grit" and shared some of her favorite picks!

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