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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick tells about an al Qaeda mole who infiltrated the CIA. For our Underappreciated series, Ann Beattie looks at David Markson’s 1988 novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress, a book David Foster Wallace called a “work of genius.” Grammy winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard stops by. Plus, former hacker Michael Calce discusses how he brought down sites from Amazon to CNN to Yahoo!

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Julie Burstein

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Joby Warrick, who covers intelligence for the Washington Post, gives an account of how a Jordanian double-agent penetrated both the inner circle of al-Qaeda and the highest reaches of the CIA, and then blew himself up, killing seven CIA agents, in Khost, Afghanistan. The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA takes us inside the CIA’s secret war against al-Qaeda and tells who Humam Khalil al-Balawi was and how he managed to become a dangerous superspy.

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Underappreciated: David Markson's Wittgenstein’s Mistress

This summer's second Underappreciated segment looks at David Markson's 1988 novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress, which David Foster Wallace called “pretty much the high point of experimental fiction in this country.” Ann Beattie, longtime admirer and friend of David Markson, and Françoise Palleau-Papin, professor of American Literature at the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle), discuss Markson's work.

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Terence Blanchard

Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard talks about his career as a musician and film score composer, and his performances with the Terence Blanchard Quintet at Birdland August 2-6. He has more than 29 albums and multiple Grammy Awards and nominations to his credit as a musician, and he’s composed the scores for Spike Lee’s films, from “Do the Right Thing” to “Malcolm X” and “Inside Man” to “When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts.”

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A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man

In 2000, Michael Calce, known as Mafiaboy, brought down the websites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, E-TRADE, eBay, and Yahoo!, inciting panic from Silicon Valley to the White House. He served eight months in open custody for the 56 charges on which he was convicted. In Mafiaboy: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man, written with Craig Silverman, he gives a tour of the fast-evolving 21st-century world of hacking—from disruptions caused by teens like Calce, to organized crime and other efforts with potentially catastrophic results—and explains how to protect yourself online.

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Guest Picks: Terence Blanchard

Jazz musician Terence Blanchard stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about what he has been reading and watching recently!

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