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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Foreign correspondent Jasper Becker examines the current nuclear standoff in North Korea. Then, Pulitzer Prize-winner Stacy Schiff, author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), tells us about her latest book: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America.

North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

Reports suggest that North Korea has nuclear capabilities and might even test a nuclear weapon soon. But China says that the United States is at least partly to blame for North Korea's nuclear capabilities. Leonard talks to Jasper Becker live from Beijing. Becker is a foreign correspondent and has been ...

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A Great Improvisation

Benjamin Franklin is widely remembered for his discovery of electricity. But according to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, his greatest achievement may have been his diplomatic skills in the years immediately after the Declaration of Independence was issued. Franklin persuaded the French government to provide the equivalent of $13 billion ...

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