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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll get a history of the populist Right in the United States. Pico Iyer discusses his fondness for the writer Graham Greene. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at the 2,700 year old Lachish Reliefs. Margot Livesey tells us about her new novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. And Jamal Joseph, former spokesman and leader of the New York Black Panthers, talks about his time with the group and how he found a new calling in prison.

Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right

From “Birthers” who claim that President Obama was not born in the United States to those who believe that the Constitution is in danger of being replaced with Sharia law, conspiratorial beliefs have become increasingly common in our public discourse. Arthur Goldwag explores the ideas and rhetoric that have animated extreme, mostly right-wing movements throughout American history. His new book is The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right.

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Pico Iyer on Graham Greene

Pico Iyer examines the closeness he has always felt to the English writer Graham Greene.  In The Man Within My Head, he follows Greene’s trail from his first novel, The Man Within, to his later classics like The Quiet American looking at all he has in common with Greene: an English public school education, a lifelong restlessness and refusal to make a home anywhere, a fascination with the complications of faith.

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Margot Livesey on The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Margot Livesey talks about her new novel, The Flight of Gemma Hardy . Set in Scotland and Iceland in the 1950s and 1960s, the novel is a captivating homage to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

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Proposition 8 Ruling

NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, discusses the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 today.

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Jamal Jospeph on His Life of Rebellion and Reinvention

Jamal Jospeph tells the story of his personal odyssey from the streets of Harlem to Riker’s Island and Leavenworth to Columbia University. In Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention he reveals what it meant to be a soldier inside the militant Black Panther movement in the 1960s. After being entenced to more than twelve years in Leavenworth, he earned three degrees there and found a new calling, turning his life around.

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Guest Picks: Jamal Joseph

Jamal Joseph was on the Lopate Show recently to describe how he went from leading the New York Black Panthers to teach at the Columbia School of the Arts. He also told us what his favorite comfort food is!

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Guest Picks: Pico Iyer

Writer Pico Iyer spoke to Leonard Lopate recently about exploring the parallels he saw between his life and the writer Graham Greene's. He also told us that his favorite comfort food is a cup of strong black English tea. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Margot Livesey

Novelist Margot Livesey was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her latest book, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. She also shared what she's been reading lately -- and revealed that she's a fan of seals!

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