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The American Dream

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with TARP administrator Neil Barofsky about the ways he thinks the $700 billion bailout fund was mishandled. Bravo executive Andy Cohen shares his life-long love affair with pop culture. We’ll take a look at the life stories of five African American men who were recruited in 1968 to attend College of the Holy Cross, including Clarence Thomas, Edward P. Jones, and Theodore Wells. Plus, investigative reporters Don Barlett and James Steele examine the nature of the American Dream and whether it’s still a possibility for the middle class.

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Jonathan Capehart

The TARP Bailout

Neil Barofsky was appointed to be the Special Inspector General in charge of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and he describes the ways of Washington and the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. In Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, he reveals the ways he thinks government officials bent over backward to serve the interests of Wall Street firms at the expense of the broader public—and at the expense of effective financial reform.

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Andy Cohen: Most Talkative

Andy Cohen, the man behind the "Real Housewives," discusses his lifelong love affair with pop culture. In Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture he talks about his show "Watch What Happens Live," tells tales of his ten years at CBS News, and shares encounters with the heroes and heroines of his youth.

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Fraternity: 1968 at Holy Cross

In 1968, following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Reverend John Brooks, a professor of theology at the College of the Holy Cross recruited 20 African American high school students he felt had the potential to succeed if given an opportunity. Diane Brady tells the story of five of these men, among them were Clarence Thomas, Edward P. Jones, and Theodore Wells. In Fraternity, she looks at how their years at Holy Cross shaped them, and how they went on to shape our country.

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The Betrayal of the American Dream

Investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James Steele talk about why they believe that the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite. The Betrayal of the American Dream make the case that for more than 30 years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream, and what was once accessible to much of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few.

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Guest Picks: Andy Cohen

Bravo executive Andy Cohen spoke to guesthost Jonathan Capehart about his love of pop culture and bringing the Real Housewives to televisions everywhere. He shared some of the books he's read -- and loved -- recently.

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