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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

On today’s show: New York Times reporter Tim Weiner discusses how the death of Osama bin Laden means the end of one of the CIA’s longest-standing missions and what it means for the embattled agency. We’ll look at the untold story of Stanley Ann Dunham, Barack Obama’s mother. Katharine Greider tells how a small architectural flaw in her lower east side apartment set her on a journey to examine what the building’s complex history says about New York and America. Plus, the gurus of how-to, Al and Larry Ubell, tackle your questions about home repair!

The CIA After Bin Laden's Death

Legacy of Ashes author Tim Weiner joins us to look at how the death of Osama Bin Laden changes the public profile of the CIA. We’ll also look at the agency’s long history of targeted killings.

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U.S. Special Ops & Bin Laden's Death

The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill joins us to take a look at the elite Navy SEALS from the Joint Special Operations Command who participated in the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

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The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother

Award-winning reporter Janny Scott talks about Stanley Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama’s mother. To write A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, Scott interviewed nearly 200 of Dunham's friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this independent woman's inspiring and nontraditional life. Scott shows how Dunham shaped the man Obama is today.

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The Archaeology of Home

Katharine Greider talks about the long history of Number 239 East 7th Street, and how, when she was told to leave her house there because it was at risk of falling down, she began an investigation into contractors' diagnoses and lawsuits, archaeology and urban history. In The Archaeology of Home: An Epic Set on a Thousand Square Feet of the Lower East Side she tells how one small house contains the history of a young country and the much longer story of humankind and the places they came to call home.

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The Gurus of How-To on Home Repair Issues

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on spring cleaning, combating drafts, fixing your furnace, and tackling other home repair issues.

Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment.

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