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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Get tips on how to get your kids to eat foods other than chicken nuggets and pizza. Also: public radio star Sarah Vowell on America's Puritan heritage. Then, our latest Political Projections is all about presidential biopics! And to start us off: find out what made Abraham Lincoln an effective wartime commander in chief, despite his own lack of military experience.

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Guests:

Sarah Vowell

Abraham Lincoln, Wartime President

Find out how Abraham Lincoln became a great wartime commander in chief despite not having any military experience. Civil War historian James McPherson’s most recent book is Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief.

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Kids' Food: Beyond Chicken Nuggets

It can be hard for parents to get their finicky kids to eat healthy foods. Chef Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and New York Times "Well" blogger Tara Parker-Pope share tips on how to end food battles and expand menu options for even the pickiest eaters! ...

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Sarah Vowell on America’s Puritan Roots

Essayist and public radio favorite Sarah Vowell talks about America’s Puritan roots, beyond the shoe buckles-and-corn stereotypes, and what our 17th c. cultural heritage means for modern-day Americans. Her new book is The Wordy Shipmates.

Events:
Sarah Vowell will give a Q&A and booksigning
Wed. Oct. ...

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Political Projections: Biopics

Advisors to President Bush have claimed that “perception is reality.” We look at the ways presidents are portrayed in biographical films. When are biopics accurate depictions, and when are they more about myth-making? Leonard talks to Professor Jay Parker of Georgetown University's Department of Government, and film critic David Thomson. ...

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