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Friday, February 01, 2013

On today’s show: find out how the FBI built up a network of over 15,000 informants in the years after 9/11, and how they infiltrated our country’s Muslim communities. America Ferrera talks about playing a financially strapped woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to save her home from foreclosure in the off-Broadway play “Bethany.” Director Fisher Stevens describes working with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin on the new film “Stand Up Guys.” And our latest Please Explain!

Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism

Trevor Aaronson talks about his investigation into how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror. The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism reveals information about the FBI's paid informants and documents the methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots.

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America Ferrera in "Bethany"

America Ferrera (from“Ugly Betty”) discusses the Women's Project Theater’s world premiere of the dark comedy “Bethany.” She stars as a financially strapped woman who discovers just how far she’ll go to regain what she has lost. “Bethany” is playing at City Center Stage II through February 17.

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Director Fisher Stevens on "Stand Up Guys"

Director Fisher Stevens talks about his new film, “Stand Up Guys.” It stars Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Christopher Walken ,and Alan Arkin as retired gangsters who reunite for one epic last night.


Please Explain: The Science of Gambling Addiction

Casinos have been adding more screen-based games in recent years. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out how screen-based gambling, like video slot machines, contribute to gambling addiction. Dr. Alain Dagher, neurologist and neuroscientist at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, and Dr. Natasha Dow Schüll, cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society talk about how the brain responds to gambling and what makes it addictive. Dr. Dow is the author of the new book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas.

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Guest Picks: Fisher Stevens

Fisher Stevens was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about directing Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin in "Stand Up Guys." He also told us what his favorite comfort food is. Should we be surprised it's popcorn?


Guest Picks: America Ferrera

America Ferrera was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about starring in the off-Broadway play, "Bethany." We also asked her what she's been reading and listening to recently.


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