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Monday, November 19, 2007

President George W. Bush's former speechwriter, Michael Gerson, says the Republic party needs to change in order to succeed. He shares his vision for his party's future. Also: a look into how today's political debates could shape the future of science in America. A look at how Blackwater treats its employees. Find out how we can become better stewards of our global water supply. Plus, playwright Eduardo Machado remembers the foods of his Cuban childhood.

Guests:

Michael Gerson and Eduardo Machado

The Future of the Republican Party

President George W. Bush’s former speechwriter, Michael J. Gerson, shares his vision for the Republic party. He says the party must adopt what he calls "heroic conservatism" with more focus on promoting human rights and ending poverty. Gerson’s new book is Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's ...

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Water=Life

Fresh water makes up only three percent of the water on Earth's surface…and much of that fresh water is locked in ice or underground. The American Museum of Natural History’s new exhibit, Water, aims to help visitors become better stewards of our global water supply. Eleanor Sterling is curator.

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Remembering the Tastes of Cuba

Playwright and professor Eduardo Machado and his family escaped from Cuba when he was a child, but the tastes and memories of his home stayed with him. His new memoir is Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger for Home.

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Science and the Next American President

Whoever wins the presidency in the 2008 election will shape energy policy, bioethics debates, and space exploration. We look into how today’s political debates will affect America’s scientific future. Chris Mooney is Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect.

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How Blackwater Treats its Employees

Attorney Daphne Eviatar explains the legal rights of the Blackwater guards employed in Iraq, and explains why the families of deceased guards are currently suing Blackwater. Her article in the October issue of Harper’s is "Contract with America: Hard Terms for the Soldier of Fortune."

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