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Monday, September 03, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. But you can keep the conversation going in the comments section!

American folk icon Pete Seeger reflects on his music and activism. Plus: David Maraniss, associate editor at The Washington Post discusses how Obama’s early life has affected his presidency; an exit interview with NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Barnard philosophy professor Cheryl Mendelson talks about the difference between morality and “pseudo” morality; author Margaret Atwood previews the documentary "Payback;" and University of California at Berkeley sociology professor Arlie Hochschild demonstrates the intersection of home and market.

Obama's Back Story

David Maraniss, associate editor at the Washington Post and the author of Barack Obama: The Story, looks at President Obama's early years and how his childhood and youth influenced his presidency.

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Parks Commissioner Benepe's Exit Interview

Outgoing NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe reflects upon his ten years overseeing the Parks Department, talks about the future of NYC Parks and his move to the Trust for Public Land.

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Real Good

How are we to differentiate real from "pseudo" morality? Cheryl Mendelson, who teaches philosophy at Barnard College, has some ideas in her new book, The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World. She joins us to talk about the status of morality in contemporary American life.

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Seeger In His Own Words

Acclaimed singer and activist Pete Seeger talks about his life, the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, and the new book, Pete Seeger: His Life in His Own Words.

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The Outsourced Self

Professor emerita of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley Arlie Hochschild continues her exploration of the intersection of the home and the market in her new book, The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times.

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Margaret Atwood on Debt

Margaret Atwood, author of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, and Jennifer Baichwal, director of the documentary "Payback," discuss the documentary film adaptation of Atwood's 2008 book of essays on debt.

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