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Thursday, February 12, 2009

On today's show: Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Ricks with the inside story behind General David Petraeus’s “gamble”—the surge. Plus, Dr. Abraham Verghese on his first novel, Cutting for Stone. Then, Tony Kushner talks about the 100th anniversary of Wandering Stars, a classic work by Sholem Aleichem. And our latest Underreported segments are about the release of a Pakistani nuclear scientist from house arrest and President Bush’s legacy in the worlds oceans.

The Gamble

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks secured hundreds of hours of interviews with top military commanders in Iraq. The result is his new book The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on. You can read Thomas ...

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Cutting For Stone

Dr. Abraham Verghese was lauded for his memoir about his time as a doctor in Tennessee during the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Now he has turned his skills to fiction writing with his novel Cutting for Stone.

Dr. Abraham Verghese will be reading and signing books

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Tony Kushner on Yiddish Literature

Sholem Aleichem was one of the greatest humorists yiddish literature and his work became the basis for the musical "Fiddler on the Roof". This year marks the 100th anniversay of his book Wandering Stars, a love story set in the world of Yiddish Thaeter. Tony Kushner joins us along ...

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Underreported: Bush's Legacy in the Oceans

In his final days before leaving office, President Bush created the largest marine sanctuary in the world off the coast of Hawaii. But, he also opened up large parts of the American coastline to oil drilling. Michael Sutton is Vice President of the Monterey Bay Aquarium ...

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Underreported: AQ Khan on the Loose

AQ Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear program, has admitted to selling nuclear secrets to Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Late last week a Pakistani ordered Khan's release after five years of house arrest. David Albright, President of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, ...

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