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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The usual domestic election issues - like the economy and health care – may now be global issues. We look into how globalization is changing the nature of American politics. Also: our States of the Union election series looks at the issues in Illinois. The discovery of a dinosaur mummy. And on Underreported: details on the recent resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Guest host Julie Burstein sits in for Leonard today.

On tomorrow's Please Explain: find out how you can be an amateur astronomer!

To help us prepare, we want know which constellations you wish you could identify....and if you have a favorite stargazing spot here in the New York City area. Submit your comment here.


Julie Burstein

How Globalization Has Changed Politics

Globalization may have transformed politics. The usual domestic issues at stake in the 2008 elections (e.g, the economy and health care) are now global issues, according to journalist Garrett M. Graff. His new book is The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House.

Event: Garrett ...

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States of the Union: Illinois

On our latest States of the Union, find out what voters care about in Illinois. Bernard Schoenburg of Springfield, Illinois’s State Journal Register tells us about an important state transportation bill, gridlock in state politics, and the state’s junior senator, Barack Obama.

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Chazz Palminteri's "A Bronx Tale"

Chazz Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical play, "A Bronx Tale," brings to life his childhood in the Bronx. It’s now making its Broadway debut at the Walter Kerr Theatre, at 219 W. 48th St. (between Broadway and 8th Ave.). Call 212-239-6200 for tickets.



A dinosaur mummy has been found in North Dakota. The fossilized duckbilled hadrosaur (nicknamed "Dakota") still has intact skin, ligaments, tendons, and possibly even some organs...and it gives scientists an unparalleled look a dinosaur anatomy. Paleontologist Dr. Philip Manning of Manchester University in England is studying Dakota.

Dr. Manning appears ...

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Underreported: Sarah Chayes with an Update on Afghanistan

Former NPR correspondent Sarah Chayes lives and works in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where she’s founded a soapmaking company, Arghand, to help rebuild the war-torn country. She tells us the latest on the resurgence of the Taliban there.

Sarah Chayes' article in the Dec. 2007 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine is ...

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