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Friday, April 29, 2011

President Obama has rolled out a new national security team. Hear about what the changes in leadership at the Defense Department and the CIA mean for security and national defense. Plus: Suzan Johnson Cook on religious freedom; author and legal analyst Lisa Bloom on why education and celebrity obsession are at an all time high among women; your calls on watching the Royal Wedding; following up on who can access the information on your smartphone; and novelist Rahul Bhattacharya.

Royally Wed

Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire, talks to listeners who got up early to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton.

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National Security Switch

Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and writes a blog for Foreign Policy, talks about the reshuffling of Obama's national security team.

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Open Phones: Tornadoes

The worst storms in decades ripped through the Southern United States this week. Kirk Johnson, New York Times reporter covering the aftermath, talks about the unpredictability of tornadoes and takes calls from listeners affected by this week's storms. 

Listeners: Do you have ties to Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky or Tennessee? What are you hearing from friends? Does your family have any tornado related stories? Let us know.

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Dr. Sujay, Ambassador-at-Large

Suzan Johnson Cook, minister and newly confirmed U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and author of Becoming a Woman of Destiny: Turning Life's Trials into Triumphs!, talks about her work advising the president and State Department on religious freedom.

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Following Up: Access to Your Phone's Info

We now know that your phone is storing a log of your movements, but what's that information used for? Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology, clarifies whether phone tracking can help recover stolen phones--and whether law enforcement can use your phone's stored information in investigations.

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Sly Company

Rahul Bhattacharya,  cricket journalist and author of the novel, The Sly Company of People Who Care(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011), talks about his new novel about a cricket writer from Bombay who travels to Guyana.

— See Rahul in person at the Pen World Voices Festival today at 2pm at The Great Global Book Swap and at 5pm for a cocktail hour reading.

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