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Monday, October 24, 2011

Temple Grandin, animal scientist and subject of the recent HBO biopic, and Diane Kennedy talk about children who are exceptional, both in their disabilities and their intelligence.  Plus: A roundup of this week’s political news; what we can expect with news of the troops' withdrawal from Iraq; Natalie Hopkinson of The Root critiques the National Mall’s newest monument of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Slate’s Dana Stevens looks at this fall’s exceptional films.  

Monday Morning Politics

It's A Free Country Political Reporter Anna Sale and WNYC senior reporter, Bob Hennelly, talk about politics news this week and what was discussed over the weekend.

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Withdrawing the Troops

Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate and is the author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed. He talks about the news that the Obama administration will pull troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, and reflects on the end of two wars.

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Helping Twice-Exceptional Kids

Animal scientist and author of Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism Temple Grandin and Diane Kennedy, co-author and advocate for children with overlapping diagnoses, talk about those kids who are exceptional, both in their disabilities and their intelligence.

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MLK Memorial

Natalie Hopkinson, writer for The Root and the author of Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation, talks about the recently opened Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Mall in Washington.

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Critics' Picks: Movies

Slate's film critic and co-host of Slate's Culture Gabfest, Dana Stevens, shares what movies she's looking forward to this fall.

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