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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Greg Palast tells about his investigative report about how many large industries, like oil and banking, have dodged government regulation and oversight. We’ll speak with the director of the new film, “The Artist,” a contemporary silent movie set in old Hollywood that’s been getting rave reviews. Country music star Shelby Lynne talks about her latest albums and about performing in Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jay Rubenstein talks about how the First Crusade set the tone for conflicts between East and West for centuries to come.

Petroleum, Power, and High Finance

Greg Palast discusses his investigation into how the oil and banking industries manage to avoid government regulation. In Vulture’s Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores, he shows how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and veiled connections between the financial industry and big energy.

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Michel Hazanavicius on "The Artist"

Michel Hazanavicius, writer and director of “The Artist,” talks about the film. Set in Hollywood in 1927, it tells the story of the intertwined destinies of a silent movie superstar whose career is fading with the advent of the talkies, and a young extra on the brink of major movie stardom. “The Artist” opens November 25, at the Paris and the Angelika.

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Shelby Lynne

Country music star Shelby Lynne talks about performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and about her latest albums, “Revelation Road”—not only did she write all the songs and produce the 11-song collection, for the first time she plays all the instruments herself. She has her first-ever holiday album “Merry Christmas.

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The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse

Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. Medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this event through the eyes of those who witnessed it. Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse  is a thrilling work of military and religious history, Armies of Heaven will revolutionize our understanding of the Crusades.


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President Sarkozy and the European Debt Crisis

Elaine Sciolino, Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses how President Sarkozy is faring politically, as he contends with the Eurozone crisis and is also trying not to get a downgraded credit rating. Sciolino is the author of La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life.

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Guest Picks: Shelby Lynne

Singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her 2 latest albums -- and riding on a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She also shared what she's been listening to recently!


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