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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with Mike Lofgren on what’s wrong with Washington D.C. Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman discuss the new play “Bullet for Adolf.” We'll find out about the life and times of the writer Lillian Hellman. Our latest Underreported segments look at the strange state of the East Coast’s lobster fishery at and the growing Syrian refugee crisis.

Guests:

Jonathan Capehart

The Party Is Over

Former Republican Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren talks about why he left Washington after 28 years on Capitol Hill. His book The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted is based on an  article Lofgren wrote when he resigned after the debt ceiling crisis, and is a humorous but impassioned exposé of what he thinks is wrong with Washington.

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"Bullet for Adolf"

Woody Harrelson and Frankie Hyman discuss writing the comic play "Bullet for Adolf, "which Harrelson also directs. The play is set in Houston during the summer of 1983, when a couple of mid-western rubes with uncertain futures meet and form an unlikely friendship with a slick New Yorker on the run from his past. It's playing at New World Stages through September 9.

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The Challenging Lillian Hellman

Columbia University historian Alice Kessler-Harris describes the life and times of Lillian Hellman, a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Today she's often remembered more as a bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" Kessler-Harris tackles Hellman's legacy in A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman.

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Underreported: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

As violence escalates in Syria, thousands of refugees are pouring across the border into neighboring countries. International Rescue Committee’s Melanie Megevand and Sanjayan Srikanthan talk about what’s happening on the ground there.

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Backstory: The Maine Lobster Glut

This year’s lobster catch from Maine to Massachusetts has been near historic highs, causing prices to drop. But you probably wouldn’t know that if you ordered the crustacean in a New York restaurant. Dave Casoni, a lobsterman in Cape Cod, talks about what he’s catching this year. He's joined by Bob Bayer, professor and director of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute. 

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