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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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The Obama Administration has approved more than a $100 billion in arms sales to the Middle East alone over the last two years. We’ll look at why weapons are among the U.S.’s leading exports. Then, Mackenzie Phillips talks about her complex relationship with her father, Mamas and Papas singer John Philips. Also, computer scientist Zachary Mason describes his creative re-imagining of Homer’s Odyssey. Plus, we’ll look at how, for most of its people, Russia has changed and yet remained the same since the fall of communism.

America’s Hottest Export: Weapons

From Patriot Missile systems to F-15 fighter jets to high tech helicopters, more than $100 billion in weapons sales have been approved (just to the Middle East) during the first two years of the Obama Presidency. Mina Kimes looks at America’s booming arms sales. She’s the author of “America’s Hottest Export: Weapons,” in the March 7th issue of Fortune magazine.

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Mackenzie Phillips on Her Memoir High on Arrival

Mackenzie Phillips talks about her lifelong battle with addiction, her personal demons, and her complex, damaging relationship with her father, John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas. Her memoir High on Arrival tells the story of growing up with no boundaries, surrounded by rock and roll and drugs, and of her struggle to recover.

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Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey

Zachary Mason discusses his debut novel, The Lost Books of the Odyssey, which re-imagines Homer’s classic story of Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Troy.

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Lost and Found In Russia

Susan Richards looks at the transformation of Russia after the fall of communism. Lost and Found in Russia: Lives in the Post-Soviet Landscape reveals how the history of contemporary Russia is a portrait of a society in transition.

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Guest Picks: Mackenzie Phillips

Read more to find out what Mackenzie Phillips has been reading and listening to lately!

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Guest Picks: Zachary Mason

Zachary Mason told us some of his favorite music and shows after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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