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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yesterday, U.S. military officials claimed to have killed Taliban militants responsible for last weekend’s takedown of a Chinook helicopter that killed 38 people, including twenty-two Navy Seals. Matthew Irvine of the Center for New American Security discusses the latest news out of Afghanistan, and the way in which special forces are taking on more military duties as the US prepares to pull troops. Plus: WNYC’s Anna Sale continues her search for the independent voter; Wall Street Journal reporter Eliot Brown with an Atlantic Yards and WTC Memorial update; Jeffrey L. Kidder, sociology professor at Northern Illinois University, talks about his book on urban bike messengers; and Sheri Parks of the University of Maryland on the significance of the new movie The Help.

Iowa Turning Point

From the debate tonight through to the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday, the next 48 hours in Iowa are a critical test for GOP presidential hopefuls. Congressional correspondent for Bloomberg News Lisa Lerer offers context and analysis of the coming days.

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Anna and the Independent Voter: Indy Orgs

It's a Free Country political reporter Anna Sale discusses the various groups trying to coalesce independent voters, in week two of her search for the independent voter.

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Bike Messengers and the City

Urban bike messengers are a devoted bunch with their own subculture. Jeffrey L. Kidder, assistant professor of sociology at Northern Illinois University and a former bike messenger, discusses his new book Urban Flow: Bike Messengers and the City. 

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Elite Forces in Afghanistan

Matthew Irvine, research assistant at the Center for a New American Security and author of the report "Beyond Afghanistan: A Regional Security Strategy for South and Central Asia," discusses the role of special forces in the Afghanistan war and the broader strategic changes involved in troop withdrawal.

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Atlantic Yards Check-In

The Atlantic Yards development is flying up. Eliot Brown, commercial real estate reporter for the Wall Street Journal, gives an update on the project and checks in on the World Trade Center memorial, which is racing to meet the September 11, 2011, deadline.

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Context and a Movie: "The Help"

The Help, based on the popular book by the same name, opened in movie theaters yesterday. Sheri Parks, professor of American studies at the University of Maryland and author of Fierce Angels: The Strong Black Woman in American Life and Culture, and David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine and NPR's Fresh Air, provide historical and cultural context for the book and new feature film.

Listeners: Did you see the movie yet? Did you read the book? What are your thoughts about "The Help"? Call us or comment here!

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