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Monday, May 02, 2011

We start today’s show with Michael Scheuer, who talks about 10-year search for Osama bin Laden and his death. Rufus and Martha Wainwright performing live in our studios! Artist Richard Tuttle discusses his work and his new exhibit at the Pace Gallery called “What’s the Wind.” David Sanger of the New York Times, discusses what Osama bin Laden's death means for the Arab world. Luis Carlos Montalvan earned two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart, and he talks about how a golden retriever helped him recover from his combat injuries. Plus, we’ll examine the growing problem of food scarcity and its political consequences around the world.

Former Head of CIA's bin Laden Unit on the Al Qaeda Leader's Death

Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA's Osama bin Laden Tracking Unit from 1996 to 1999 and was a counterterrorism analyst until 2004, discusses  bin Laden's death and what it means for al Qaeda and the continuing military operations in Afghanistan. His latest book is Osama bin Laden.


Rufus and Martha Wainwright Perform Live

Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright perform songs by Kate McGarrigle live in our studio. A two-night tribute to Kate McGarrigle will be held at Town Hall, May 12-13. It features performances by Martha and Rufus Wainwright, and her sister Anna, as well as Emmylou Harris, Antony Hegarty, Norah Jones, and Teddy Thompson, among others. Profits from the concert will go toward creating the Kate McGarrigle Sarcoma Research Fund.

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Richard Tuttle

Artist Richard Tuttle talks about his work and the exhibition “What's the Wind,” at Pace Gallery. It features six large-scale, free-standing sculptures that are a synthesis of five decades of Tuttle’s work. “What's the Wind” is on view at 510 West 25th Street from May 7 through July 22. 

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David E. Sanger on the Death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab World

David E. Sanger, the Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, discusses what kind of impact the death of Osama bin Laden will have on the Arab World, a region where protests continue.


Until Tuesday: A Veteran and His Service Dog

Luis Carlos Montalvan, 17-year veteran and former captain in the U.S. Army, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart, talks about the service dog who helped him recover from injuries he received in combat. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him is an account of his experience.

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The Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Lester Brown, President of The Earth Policy Institute, discusses the emerging geopolitics of food scarcity. His latest article in Foreign Policy looks at the role food scarcity has in driving political upheaval in the Middle East and threatening stability in other developing regions. Falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures threaten food supplies, and Brown will discuss the political implications.

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Guest Picks: Richard Tuttle

Richard Tuttle shares some of his favorite picks after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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