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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, tells us who wields the most influence in our nation’s capital..from strategists to fundraisers to lobbyists. Also: policy analyst Kenneth Pollack's grand strategy for America's role in the Middle East. Laurie Anderson on her new piece, “Homeland.” And word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on the English language!

Guests:

Laurie Anderson, John Harwood, Patricia T. O'Conner and Kenneth Pollack

Backroom Power in Washington

Who has the real power in Washington? John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and co-author of the new book Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power, tells us just who wields the most influence in our nation’s capital…from strategists to fundraisers to lobbyists.

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America’s Future in the Middle East

Middle East policy analyst Kenneth Pollack says that failed US policy in the region is the greatest danger to America’s peace and prosperity. His new book is A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East.

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Laurie Anderson’s “Homeland”

Laurie Anderson’s recent piece, "Homeland," is a musical portrait of American culture. She’s performing it at the Lincoln Center Festival at the Rose Theater from July 22-26.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner takes your calls on the English language. A few things she wants to talk about today are the words "ask" vs. "axe," and how the word "subprime" made it into the OED. Call 646-778-3729 to ask Patricia a question.

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