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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On today’s show: Kurt Eichenwald looks at how some of the decisions made in the first 500 days that followed the 9/11 attacks have dramatically reshaped the world in the years since. Junot Diaz talks about his new book of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her. New York Times reporter Matt Bai examines the effect the auto industry bailout has had on the all-important swing state of Ohio. Hedrick Smith gives an account of how the American Dream has been dismantled over the last four decades.

Kurt Eichenwald on 500 Days

Kurt Eichenwald recounts the first 500 days after 9/11, looking closely at the decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the 18 months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. In 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars, he moves from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He reveals new information from the terror wars, including never before reported details about warrantless wiretapping, the anthrax attacks and investigations, and conflicts between Washington and London.

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Junot Diaz's This Is How You Lose Her

Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz talks about his new book of stories, This Is How You Lose Her. It’s about the haunting, impossible power of love—obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness—and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

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“Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?”

Matt Bai, The New York Times Magazine’s chief political correspondent, investigates the state of Ohio, and whether it was Obama’s auto bailout that saved Ohio from falling off the cliff or the policies of the Republican Governor, or if it was something else entirely. He argues that the answer could decide the next presidency. His article “Did Barack Obama Save Ohio?” appears in the September 9 issue of the magazine.

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Who Stole the American Dream?

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith argues that, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled. His book Who Stole the American Dream? examines the accidental beginnings of the 401(k) plan, the policy changes that began under Jimmy Carter; how the New Economy disrupted America’s engine of shared prosperity, and how America lost the title of “Land of Opportunity.” Smith documents how the U.S. policy tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic growth.

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