Guns, Guitars, and Presidental Pals

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Walmart is the nation’s top seller of both firearms and ammunition. Reporter George Zornick tells us how the chain retailer helped make the AR-15 the most popular assault weapon in the country. Singer-songwriter and celebrated guitarist Richard Thompson talks about his latest album, “Electric.” British pop icon Lulu discusses her career, her hits like “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and making her U.S. debut. Plus, Jeffrey Frank looks at the complex relationship between Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon.

Walmart and the AR-15

George Zornick, Washington reporter for The Nation, talks about his latest article, “How Walmart Helped Make the Newtown Shooter's AR-15 the Most Popular Assault Weapon in America.” It’s a look at how Walmart became the top seller of firearms and ammunition nationwide. As his story was going to press, Walmart pulled the weapon from its website, but it's still on shelves in about 1,700 stores nationwide. The article appears in the January 7-14 issue of The Nation.

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Richard Thompson Goes Electric

Grammy-nominated musician Richard Thompson talks about his new album, “Electric,” a guitar-driven set of 11 new songs, released by New West Records. Thompson has been named one of the “20 Greatest Guitarists” by Rolling Stone and called “one of this world’s most gifted songwriters” by American Songwriter.

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British pop icon Lulu

British pop icon Lulu talks about her career. She sung such classics as “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and she’s performed on American Idol, written the Grammy nominated hit “I Don't Wanna Fight” for Tina Turner, and been one of the center pieces of the Mike Figgis/Martin Scorses documentary on the influence of R & B on American music “Red, White and Blues.” Lulu makes her U.S. debut in New York on February 16 at B.B. King Blues Club.

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Ike and Dick

Journalist Jeffrey Frank explores the relationship between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon and tells the history of two powerful and compelling figures in U.S. politics. His book Ike and Dick: A Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage traces the path of their relationship in a dangerous world and shows why Eisenhower, mortally ill and despite his doubts, supported Nixon’s final attempt to win the White House in 1968—a change influenced by the courtship of Nixon’s daughter by Eisenhower's grandson.

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