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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll go deep inside the secretive Church of Scientology. Then, Sapphire, author of the novel Push, which was adapted into the movie "Precious," discusses her latest book, The Kid. Georgette Jones, daughter of country music super stars George Jones and Tammy Wynette, talks about living with her famous but troubled parents. Plus, we’ll take a look at the new documentary “Farmageddon,” that accuses the U.S. government of actively colluding with mass agro-businesses to keep our food unsafe.

Inside Scientology

Rolling Stone contributing editor Janet Reitman discusses the history of the Church of Scientology. Her book Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion tells the story of the religion, created in 1954 by science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Scientology's celebrity members and the teams of “volunteer ministers” around the world keep its profile high, but its criticism of psychiatry, requirement that believers pay tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation, and the Church's secrecy and use of litigation and intimidation have brought skepticism.

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Sapphire on Her Novel: The Kid

Sapphire, author of the novel Push, which became the screenplay for "Precious," talks about her latest novel, The Kid. It tells the story of Abdul Jones, the son of Precious, the heroine of Push, orphaned at 9 and left alone to navigate a violent world in which love and hate sometimes intertwine.

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Growing Up with Tammy and George

Georgette Jones, daughter of country music stars George Jones and Tammy Wynette, talks about her famous parents and what it was like growing up in a broken family living in the glare of the public spotlight. In The Three of Us: Growing Up with Tammy and George she recounts her parents divorce and Tammy’s descent into prescription pill addiction and untimely death at the age of 55. Georgette also writes of her broken relationship with her father and what it took for them to come back together.

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Farmageddon

Kristin Canty, director of the documentary “Farmageddon,” talks about the ongoing problems with our nation’s food supply, and argues that the U.S. government actively colludes with agri-businesses to keep our food unsafe. The film shows family farms that were raided by the government, exposing what Canty calls the covert war on American farmers and co-ops that supply fresh, unprocessed foods to consumers. She’s joined by Gary Cox, General Counsel, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Linda Failace, owner of Three Shephard’s Cheese, an artisanal cheese making business in Mad River Valley, Vermont, who are both featured in the documentary. “Farmageddon” opens July 8 at Cinema Village.

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Guest Picks: Sapphire

Sapphire, the author of Push and The Kid, tells us what she enjoys reading in her spare time and more!

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