Chris Hayes on Politics; Gettysburg; Pacific by Tom Drury; Please Explain

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Friday, June 14, 2013

MSNBC host Chris Hayes talks about the push to pass immigration reform, the NSA scandal, and why so many Americans have lost trust in their government. Then, as the 150th anniversary of the battle approaches, we’ll look at Gettysburg and why it was a turning point in the Civil War. Tom Drury discusses his latest novel, Pacific. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is about pain and how the body responds to it in many different ways.

Chris Hayes on Politics and Our Faith in Government

His book Twilight of the Elites looks at how the public's loss of trust in the federal government, corporate America, and the media has led to a crisis that threatens to engulf not just politics but our day-to-day lives.

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The Battle of Gettysburg

Allen C. Guelzo discusses the three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. Gettysberg: The Last Invasion focuses on the experiences of ordinary soldiers and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that culminated on the battlefield at Gettysburg.

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Tom Drury's Pacific

Tom Drury returns to the characters that launched his career two decades ago in his debut, The End of Vandalism. In Pacific, 14-year-old Micah Darling travels to Los Angeles to reunite with his mother, who deserted him seven years ago, and he finds himself overwhelmed with magical freedom.


Please Explain: Pain

This week we’ll explore how the body perceives pain—what causes it, how it affects us, and how to treat it. We're joined by Dr. Denise Chou, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Columbia University Headache and Facial Pain Center; and Dr. Jing Wang, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, NYU School of Medicine, and director of research and education at NYU Langone’s Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain.

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Tom Drury at WNYC June 14, 2013

Guest Picks: Tom Drury

Novelist Tom Drury was on the show Friday, June 14, and he mentioned that his last interview with Leonard was partly what inspired this new novel, Pacific, which picks up where his debut novel left off 20 years ago. Find out what else inspires him!


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