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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On today's show: we look at some of the businessmen who helped make the Reagan Revolution. Then, we'll talk to a woman who spent her honeymoon in Tehran. Plus, a novel about the Cultural Revolution. And we go inside the financial meltdown.

Invisible Hands

The American conservative movement might be in tatters today, but historian Kim Phillips-Fein argues that the Reagan Revolution owes much of its credit to a coterie of business executives who provided financing, organization and fervor the movement from the 1960's on. Her book is called Invisible Hands.

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A Tehran Honeymoon

In 2005 Time magazine dispatched American-born journalist Azadeh Moaveni to Iran to cover Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election. There, she fell in love, moved in with her boyfriend, became pregnant and got married- in that order. Her memoir Honeymoon in Tehran explores her experience and the tensions burdening modern Iranian life. ...

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The Vagrants

Set in China's Cultural Revolution, Yiyun Li's novel The Vagrants tells the story of a young Red Guard leader who receives the death penalty for her counterrevolutionary writings.

Event: Yiyum Li will be speaking
Tuesday, February 17 at 7 pm
The Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, ...

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Inside the Meltdown

PBS's "Frontline" investigates the inside stories of Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, AIG and the $700 billion dollar bailout in "Inside the Meltdown". Frontline producer Michael Kirk and New Yorker staff writer John Cassidy join us. The documentary airs tonight at 9 pm on PBS.

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