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Monday, January 07, 2013

On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.

Political Spending and the Gun Control Debate

With the revival of the gun control debate, ProPublica’s Suevon Lee looks at how much both gun control advocates and gun rights groups have been spending on lobbying efforts and contributed to political campaigns. With gun rights groups outspending their counterparts, we’ll look at how that money has affected gun policy in recent years.

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December-January's Book: The Gravedigger's Daughter, by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates has been called one of the most quintessentially American writers. She’s also one of the most prolific, with more than 70 books to her name. The Leonard Lopate Show has selected her 2007 novel "The Gravedigger’s Daughter" for the next Book Club read.

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The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis talks about her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. Starting in 1923, it tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the life of Hattie Shepherd. She leaves Georgia at the age of 15 in search of a better life and settles in Philadelphia. As she grapples with her own disappointment, she raises her large family to face a world that she sees as harsh and unloving. Oprah Winfrey recently chose the book for her Book Club 2.0.

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Daring Greatly

Many of us think of vulnerability as showing weakness. But Brené Brown argues that not only does being vulnerable take strength and courage, it’s the basis for engaging with the world around us and meaningful connection with others. Her latest book is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Dr. Brown’s two TED Talks about her research into vulnerability are among the most popular on the site.

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