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Monday, March 30, 2009

On today’s show: We’ll meet Dr. Massouda Jalal, the first woman to run for the Afghan presidency. And, Tom Davis tells up about writing for Saturday Night Live in its early days. Then, former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky on his efforts to bring back reciting poetry out loud. Plus, neurosurgeon Keith Black on why he calls the brain "tiger country."

Madame President: Afghanistan

On Friday the Obama administration unveiled its new Afghan policy. We’ll speak to Dr. Massouda Jalal, the first woman to ever run for President of the Afghanistan.

Event: Frontrunner, a documentary about Dr. Massouda Jalal's run for President of Afghanistan, is having its New York premiere, followed by a ...

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Writing for SNL

Tom Davis wrote for "Saturday Night Live" in the 1970’s with Al Franken. His new memoir is Thirty-Nine Years of Short Term Memory Loss.

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Poetry, Aloud

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wants to revive the American tradition of reading poems out loud. That’s why his latest anthology of poetry, Essential Pleasures has an accompanying CD.

Event: Robert Pinsky will be reading along with Sharon Olds, Philip Schultz, Mark Strand, and C. K. Williams

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It Takes a Brain Surgeon

As chair of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Keith Black is one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. In his book, Brain Surgeon, he writes about his daily journeys into the body’s most delicate organ.

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