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Monday, May 16, 2011

The death of Osama bin Laden may change how the Obama Administration will handle the war in Afghanistan. Fred Kaplan of Slate talks about the war in a post-bin Laden world. Plus: Angela Davis on the “prison-industrial complex” and the anniversary of the Attica prison riots; the science of what irritates us; and novelist Bharati Mukherjee on her new book, Miss New India

Strauss-Kahn Arrest and the IMF

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, looks at the effect on the IMF of the arrest of its managing director, especially as it deals with Greece and Portugal.

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Post-Osama Afghanistan Policy

Fred Kaplan, "War Stories" columnist, Slate and a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses how the Obama Administration should handle the war in Afghanistan in a post-Osama world.

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The Science of What Bugs Us

Joe Palca, NPR science correspondent and co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Ustalks about why things are annoying and offers a scientific explanation of what irritates us and gets under our skin. Helping explain this phenomenon is Flora Lichtman, multimedia editor for NPR's Science Friday and co-author of Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us

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Romney's Dilemma

Glen Johnson, politics editor at, discusses Mitt Romney's health care record in Massachusetts and how it will factor into the 2012 race.

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Prison Protest

Angela Davis, activist, scholar, and author of Are Prisons Obsolete?, marks the 40th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising with her critique of the "prison-industrial complex."

Event: Angela Davis will be speaking as part of a panel at a May 20th event called "The World We Want is the World We Need."

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New India

Bharati Mukherjee, professor of English at UC Berkeley, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Miss New India,  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011) talks about her new novel about a girl who flees an arranged marriage and ends up working in a call center in Bangalore.

Event: Bharati Mukherjee will be reading from her book tonight at 7pm at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

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