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Monday, February 06, 2012

On today’s show: two former opposition researchers explain how their field has become an integral part of modern political campaigning. Michael Oher, the football player who inspired the book and film The Blind Side, talks about his life and upbringing. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a colossal statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses the Second. Krys Lee tells us about her collection of short stories, called Drifting House. And we’ll look at how the creditors in today’s global economy—namely China and the Middle East—will help shape much of the coming century.

Two Insiders on the Dark Side of American Politics

Former journalists Alan Huffman and Michael Rejebian talk about opposition research—the little-understood industry of trying to bring candidates’ weaknesses to light—and how it has become an integral part of the campaign process. We’re with Nobody: Two Insiders Reveal the Dark Side of American Politics is an account of their work as opposition researchers—an adventure across the American political landscape and through the often seamy underbelly of U.S. politics.

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Michael Oher Beat the Odds

Michael Oher, the football star made famous in the book and movie The Blind Side, talks about rising above the circumstances of his youth. In I Beat the Odds, Oher looks back on how he went from being a homeless child in Memphis to playing in the NFL, and looks at how he broke out of the cycle of poverty, addiction, and hopelessness that trapped his family.

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Krys Lee on Drifting House

Krys Lee talks about her collection of short stories, Drifting House. Her stories illuminate the Korean immigrant experience—from children escaping famine in North Korea to recent arrivals in America, whose lives play out in cramped apartments and Koreatown strip malls.

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Debt, Money, and the New World Order

Economist columnist Philip Coggan discusses why western economies have splurged on debt in the past 40 years, and what the repercussions are. In Paper Promises: Debt, Money, and the New World Order explains the origins of the debt crisis and how it will affect the new global economy.

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Guest Picks: Michael Oher

Baltimore Ravens left tackle Michael Oher was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about how he went from being a homeless teenager to an NFL. He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently!

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