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Monday, October 17, 2011

Members of the Tea Party movement protest outside the Fairmont Hotel before President Obama arrives for a fundraiser May 25, 2010 (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

The Tea Party takes its name from an act of rebellion during the American Revolution, and  economists Simon Johnson and James Kwak explain why they think the Tea Party platform is actually closer in spirit to the Whiskey Rebellion. Nathaniel Philbrick explains why you should read Moby-Dick. Lee Child discusses his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Plus, composer, arranger, guitarist, and producer Nile Rodgers on his role in shaping pop music.

"Debt and Dumb"

Economists Simon Johnson and James Kwak discuss their article “Debt and Dumb,” in the November issue of Vanity Fair. They argue that today’s Tea Party is a betrayal of the foundation of American fiscal policy as established by Alexander Hamilton and has nothing in common with the Boston uprising it claims to honor. Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the Treasury, believed that good credit, based on the power to tax, is essential to a nation’s security.

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Why Read Moby-Dick?

Nathaniel Philbrick tells us why Moby-Dick is one of the greatest American novels. In his National Book Award-winning book, In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick tells the story of the wreck of the whaleship Essex, the real-life incident that inspired Melville to write Moby-Dick. In Why Read Moby-Dick? He looks at the fiction itself, highlighting its humor and characters.

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Lee Child on The Affair

Bestselling writer Lee Child talks about his latest crime thriller, The Affair. Elite military cop Jack Reacher sets off on an undercover mission to solve the mystery of a murder of a young woman in Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997.

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Nile Rodgers on Family, Disco, and Destiny

Nile Rodgers, composer, arranger, and guitarist, explains how he became one of the most influential music producers in the history of popular music. In the 1970s and 1980s, he wrote and produced the songs that defined pop music: “Le Freak,” “We Are Family,” “Like a Virgin,” “Modern Love,” “The Reflex,” and “Rapper’s Delight,” to name a few. He worked with everyone from Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, from Madonna to INXS.  In Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny he tells about his upbringing, how he got his start in music, and how he pioneered his trademark sound.

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Guest Picks: Nathaniel Philbrick

Writer Nathaniel Philbrick spoke to Leonard about why everyone should read Moby-Dick, and he also shared what he's been reading recently!

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Guest Picks: Nile Rodgers

Guitarist, composer and produce Nile Rodgers was on the show to discuss his career, and he told us what music he's listening to these days!

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