American Dreams and Realities

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tom Brokaw, former anchor of the NBC Nightly News, discusses his new book, The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America; Who We Are, Where We've Been, and Where We Need to Go Now, to Recapture the American Dream. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today breaks down the weekend’s political news; activist and researcher Farai Maguwu on the destruction caused by the diamond harvest in Zimbabwe; the odd clauses of the Constitution with law professor Jay Wexler; and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates talks about New Jersey Noir.

Monday Morning Politics

USA Today Washington bureau chief, Susan Page, rounds up national politics from the weekend, and looks forward at what's coming this week.

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Farai Maguwu on Conflict Diamonds

Director of the Center for Research and Development in eastern Zimbabwe, Farai Maguwu, is being honored by Human Rights Watch with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. He will be discussing his activism around conflict diamonds in Zimbabwe and why the diamond trade is so destructive for his country.

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The Constitution's Odd Clauses

Jay Wexler, law professor at Boston University and author of the new book, The Odd Clauses: Understanding the Constitution through Ten of Its Most Curious Provisions, discusses the lesser- known parts of the Constitution and how they affect our lives too.

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Brokaw on The American Dream

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Joyce Carol Oates: New Jersey Noir

Renowned novelist and now editor of New Jersey Noir, Joyce Carol Oates, talks about the book and what it reflects about the state of New Jersey.

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