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Monday, September 24, 2007

On today's show: we'll find out how India has united its diverse population over six decades as an independent democracy, and why the country is now poised to become a global superpower. Then comedian Robert Klein remembers 35 years of laughter on HBO. Also, we'll take a look inside the weird and wonderful world of competitive chess. And a former advertising executive will tell us how he became a Starbucks barista and why it's the best job he's ever had.

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Robert Klein

India After Gandhi

Sixty years have passed since India became an independent nation. Ramachandra Guha explains how and why a country with such great political, ethnic, religious, and economic divisions has managed not only to survive, but to thrive.

Purchase India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy at

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Funny Man

Comedian Robert Klein has been a star on the stand-up comedy circuit for nearly 35 years, with a style of observational humor that has influenced Billy Crystal, Richard Lewis, and Jerry Seinfeld, among others. He discusses a new DVD collection featuring some of his best work for television, The HBO ...

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King's Gambit

Paul Hoffman's latest book, King's Gambit, is a detailed history populated by an international cast of characters that includes passionate lovers, quirky intellectuals, scheming adversaries, overbearing parents, and rebellious children...and it all takes place in the world of competitive chess.

Purchase King's Gambit: A Son, A Father, and the World's ...

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How Starbucks Saved My Life

Michael Gates Gill was having a great life - an Ivy League education, a high-powered job, and a happy family in the suburbs - but around the time he turned sixty, it fell apart. He lost his job, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and had a foolish affair that ...

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