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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Nevada Las Vegas on June 7. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty)

Today we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews. Gary Dorrien takes a critical look at the Obama Presidency, from the left. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about trying his hand at writing fiction. Today's installment of American History XX takes a look at Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States. Nathan Englander talks about his latest collection of short stories. And Mayim Bialik talks about starring in the 1990s sitcom, "Blossom," getting a Ph.D. in neuroscience, and promoting attachment parenting.

The Obama Question

Gary Dorrien offers a critique of Barack Obama's presidency and argues that progressives should not give up on Obama even though many have been critical of his time in office. In The Obama Question, Dorrien contends that Obama’s achievements have too often been discounted.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday Mornings

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.

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American History XX: Victoria Woodhull

For today's installment of American History XX, composer Victoria Bond talks about the life of Victoria Woodhull, who in 1872 became the first woman to run for president of the United States. Woodhull pushed for women’s suffrage, social reforms, and even free love. Victoria Bond’s opera, "Mrs. President," will be performed at Symphony Space  July 9.

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Nathan Englander's New Stories

Nathan Englander discusses his latest collection of short fiction, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank: Stories. The eight stories cover everything from the Yom Kippur War to a summer camp for elderly retirees.

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Mayim Bialik on Acting and Attachment Parenting

Mayim Bialik may be known to many as the star of the 1990’s sitcom “Blossom.” She currently stars in the CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory." She'll discuss getting her Ph.D in neuroscience and her book Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.

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