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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. Washington Post reporter Dana Priest discusses the ever-expanding top-secret world that the U.S. government created after 9/11. Calvin Trillin talks about his latest collection of writing. Tahmima Anam discusses her latest novel, The Good Muslim, about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh. And Michael Moore talks about his autobiographical book, Here Comes Trouble.


Elliott Forrest

Dana Priest on Top Secret America

Award-winning reporter Dana Priest investigates the top-secret world that the government created in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State, she writes that it has become so enormous, so unwieldy, and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs or exactly how many agencies duplicate work being done elsewhere. The system put in place to keep the United States safe may be putting us in greater danger.

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Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff

Calvin Trillin, New Yorker staff writer and The Nation’s deadline poet, talks about his latest book of collected works, Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff. He cover topics from the literary life to the horrors of witnessing a voodoo economics ceremony and the mystery of how his mother managed for thirty years to feed her family nothing but leftovers.

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Tahmima Anam's Novel The Good Muslim

Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam discusses second novel, The Good Muslim. It tells the story about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh, seen through the intimate lens of a family, set at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise.

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Michael Moore: Here Comes Trouble

Oscar-winning filmmaker, bestselling author, the nation's unofficial provocateur Michael Moore tells stories from his own life. His autobiography, Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life, includes 24 far-ranging, irreverent, and stranger-than-fiction vignettes of his own experiences.

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What Is This?

Find out tomorrow, when Simon Garfield talks about the history of fonts.

Listen to the interview here!


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