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Monday, September 10, 2012

Former Bush advisor Karl Rove, seen here at a conference in 2008, is behind American Crossroads, one of the many outside groups spending large sums of money in this year's elections. (Getty/Getty)

On today’s show: investigative journalist Craig Unger discusses the stunning return of Karl Rove to a position of power in the GOP. Martin Amis talks about his latest novel, Lionel Asbo. Also, we’ll speak with Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen the new film “Liberal Arts.” And we’ll look at the design and technologies that make sound carry so perfectly in a well designed opera house.

Craig Unger on Boss Rove

Investigative reporter Craig Unger discusses the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, the brilliant political operator whose partisanship earned him the moniker “Bush’s Brain.” Unger’s book Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power is detailed account of how Rove has quietly become the greatest Republican power broker in the country, able to mobilize immense sums through the SuperPAC American Crossroads and similar organizations, and channel that money on behalf of Republican candidates.

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Martin Amis on His New Novel

Martin Amis talks about his new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, about a terrifying thug and his relationship with his quiet, studious orphaned nephew.

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"Liberal Arts"

Actors Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Radnor talk about the new film “Liberal Arts,” which Radnor wrote, directed, and stars in. It’s a lighthearted comedy, 30-something New Yorker Jesse visits his university, hoping recapture the glory days of his youth. When he meets the free-spirited, 19-year-old Zibby Jesse must decide whether to act on his feelings. “Liberal Arts” opens September 14 at the Landmark and IFC Center.

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Architecture and Acoustics

Victoria Newhouse, author of Site and Sound: The Architecture and Acoustics of New Opera Houses and Concert Halls, is joined by Carl Rosenberg, an acoustician with the Acentech sound consultants, and Raphael Mostel, a composer and critic. They’ll discuss the aesthetics and acoustics in concert halls and opera houses of the past and future, and new technologies used in new buildings.

Victoria Newhouse narrated an audio slideshow of China's new concert halls on WQXR.org. Take a look—and listenhere.

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