Double Life

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reza Kahlili” was a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – and a CIA spy.  He’s telling his story now to bolster the case against a nuclear Iran.  Plus, author Peter Elkind on former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, a/k/a “Client-9”; and Shepard Fairey  on the new street art movie, directed by fellow artist “Banksy,” Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Plus charter schools; and Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Lance (R- NJ 7th) give their takes on financial reform.

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Financial Reform: Lance and Menendez

Leonard Lance, freshman congressman from New Jersey (R-7th) and member of the House Financial Services Committee, discusses the banking reform legislation. Then Robert Menendez, U.S. Senator from New Jersey (D) and the author of Growing American Roots: Why Our Nation Will Thrive as Our Largest Minority Flourishes offers his take on the proposed law.

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Bank Breakup 101

Some organizations are calling for the government to break up the big banks.  If that were to happen, what would it look like? Simon Johnson, the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a co-founder of The Baseline Scenario blog, weighs in. His new book is 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown.

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Charter School, Inc.

New York State Senator Bill Perkins (D-30th, Harlem) discusses tomorrow's hearings on the finances of charter schools.

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Inside the Revolutionary Guards

Reza Kahlili, pseudonym for the author of A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran (Threshold Editions, 2010), talks about his book and his work inside Iran.

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Spitzer's Story

Peter Elkind -- investigative reporter, editor at large at Fortune Magazine, and co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room -- talks about his new book Rough Justice: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (Portfolio Hardcover, 2010).

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Shepard Fairey on Banksy

Shepard Fairey, the street artist featured in the new Banksy film Exit Through The Gift Shop, explains the film, if it's real, what it says about the art world, and why he continues to play along.

An exhibition of Shepard Fairey's new work will be on view at Dietch Projects in the month of May.

Exit Through the Gift Shop Trailer:

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