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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What a year for political reporting 2008 has been! We talk about the best political writing of the past year. Also: find out about a spectacular hoax that was perpetrated in 1830s New York City, when many New Yorkers became convinced that the moon was inhabited. Then, a look at the history of cemeteries in America. And we hear an insider's perspective of the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein.

Best Political Writing of 2008

2008 has been a remarkably rich year for political reporters. Leonard talks to Jane Mayer of the New Yorker, John Heilemann of New York Magazine, and Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair. All are included in the new collection Best American Political Writing 2008.

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How to Fool a New Yorker

Hear about a spectacular hoax that was perpetrated in 1830s New York City, when many New Yorkers became convinced that the moon was inhabited. Matthew Goodman is the author of The Sun and the Moon.

Events:
Matthew Goodman will be speaking and signing books
Tues. Nov. ...

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American Resting Place

Find out how Americans are buried, and what our cemeteries tell us about gender, class and culture in U.S. history – from Native American burial grounds to 19th c. public parks and modern-day lawn cemeteries. Marilyn Yalom is the author of The American Resting Place.

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Saddam Hussein’s Trial

Law professor Michael Newton gives us an insider’s perspective on the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, and why it was difficult to give him a fair and unbiased judgment. He helped write the rules of the Iraqi High Tribunal for the trial. He’s also the co-author of Enemy ...

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