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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

President Obama delivers an address on U.S. policy and the war in Afghanistan during his visit to Bagram Air Base. (Getty)

New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger talks about President Obama’s aggressive use of drones, cyberwar, and special forces around the world. Alex Stone tells us about his quest to join the ranks of New York City’s master magicians. John Lanchester discusses his critically acclaimed novel Capital, set at the height of the financial crisis. Plus, with a growing number of 20-somethings still living with their parents, Sally Koslow discusses the trends that enable today’s “adultescents.”

David Sanger on Obama's Secret Wars

 David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, discusses President Obama’s use of new tools and weapons—cyberwar against Iran, drone attacks in Pakistan, and increasing reliance on the Special Forces to hunt al-Qaeda. Sanger’s new book, Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, provides a look inside the Obama adminis­tration’s national security decisions.

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Magic and the Mind

Alex Stone tells of his quest to join the ranks of master magicians and explains magic’s connection to psychology, neuroscience, physics, history, and even crime. Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind looks at the world of magic and uncovers a wealth of insight into human nature and the nature of perception.

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John Lanchester on His Novel Capital

John Lanchester talks about Capital, his sweeping new social novel set in London at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. The economic shift plays out among the residents of Pepys Road, London—a banker and his posh wife, an old woman and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners, a refugee who works as the meter maid, a young soccer star from Senegal.

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Adultescents

Sally Koslow discusses "adultescents" and looks at why many in the current generation’s unwillingness—or inability—to leave home and become fully independent adults. In Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest, she includes the latest research, interviews frustrated parents and their frustrated offspring, and writes of her own experiences with her grown children.

Join the conversation! Share your experiences—as a parent or as an adult living at homeby leaving a comment or by calling us at 212-433-9692.

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