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Monday, April 16, 2012

On today's show: Eric Alterman looks at how the idea of liberalism has changed from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama. Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at a statue from Easter Island. Rajesh Parameswaran talks about his collection of stories, I Am an Executioner. Plus Jim Abbott discusses his remarkable baseball career—and about pitching a no-hitter—despite being born without a right hand.

Eric Alterman on American Liberalism

Journalist and historian Eric Alterman traces the history of liberal ideals and discusses the politicians, intellectuals, visionaries, activists, and public personalities fighting for social justice. His book, The Cause: The Fight for American Liberalism from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama, written with historian Kevin Mattson, looks at liberalism in American politics and culture.

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Benjamin Busch on His Memoir, Dust to Dust

Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust, a meditation on life and loss, peace and war. He writes of his childhood in rural New York, his deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, and acting in the HBO series “The Wire.”

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Rajesh Parameswaran on I Am an Executioner

Rajesh Parameswaran discusses his book of short stories, I Am an Executioner: Love Stories, which introduce us to heroes—and antiheroes— living in a region between desire and death, playfulness and violence.

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Pitcher Jim Abbott

Major league pitcher Jim Abbott talks about his unlikely success story—he was born without a right hand, but chose a profession that didn’t allow him to hide his disability. He’s remembered for throwing one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history, in September at Yankee Stadium. His new memoir is Imperfect: An Improbable Life.

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Guest Picks: Jim Abbott

Former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his career and pitching his 1993 no-hitter, despite having been born without a right hand. He also revealed that he's a fan of Downton Abbey. Find out what else Jim Abbott's been listening to and reading.


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