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Thursday, March 24, 2011

On today’s show: Bing West, an Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration who’s traveled extensively in Afghanistan, gives his thoughts on how we can get out of there. The one and only Angela Lansbury stops by to talk about her amazing career and her salute to playwright Terrence McNally. Our latest Backstory segment is about the Saudi Royal Family and how they’ve repressed the nascent protest movement in Saudi Arabia. And on Underreported, we find out how the Indian Point nuclear power plant is creating environmental problems in the Hudson River.

Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan

Bing West, Marine combat veteran and assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration, looks at the conflict in Afghanistan, and explains what he sees as a practical way out. The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan, gives an account of events on the battlefield and argues that idealistic theories about counterinsurgency have bogged us down for a decade. He builds the case for changing course.

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Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury, Broadway stage veteran, discusses her long and prodigious career on the stage, in film, and on television, and "Angela Lansbury and Friends Salute Terrence McNally" taking place Monday, March 28, at the Longacre Theatre.

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Backstory: The House of Saud

The Saudi Royal family has been a close ally with the United States for decades; they are also one of the most repressive regimes in the Middle East. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Professor of Anthropology of Religion at Kings College, London, looks into the history of the family, how they rule the country with an iron fist and why a nascent protest movement there has been suppressed.

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Underreported: Indian Point and Water

Concerns about seismic activity at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant are grabbing the headlines this week, but other issues have been raised in the debate over whether the Nuclear Regulatory Commission should renew the plant's license. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly looks at environmental concerns about 90-100 degree waste water coming out of the plant into the Hudson River.

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A Duet

The one and only Angela Lansbury stopped by the show today. She even sang a brief duet with Leonard.

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