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.