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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

On today’s show: The 10 year aftermath of the Israeli Mossad’s failed attempt to assassinate Hamas leader Khalid Mishal. And, David Plotz tells us about the bizarre, disturbing and marvelous things he learned by reading every single word in the Bible. Then, Tracey Scott Wilson on "The Good Negro", her new play about life in the 1960’s civil rights movement. Plus, we'll learn about deep brain stimulation, a controversial new treatment for mysterious medical disorders.

Kill Khalid

In 1997 a team of Israeli secret agents tried and failed to kill Hamas leader Khalid Mishal. Paul McGeough chronicles the plot and argues the assassination attempt changed Palestinian politics for the next decade in his book Kill Khalid.

You can hear Paul McGeough read from Kill ...

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The Good Book

Slate editor David Plotz writes about some of the bizarre, hilarious, wonderful and disturbing things he took away from a literal reading of The Bible in The Good Book.

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"The Good Negro"

Tracey Scott Wilson's new play "The Good Negro" examines a trio of emerging black leaders attempts to conquer their individual demons amidst death threats from the Klan and wire taps by the FBI during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

"The Good Negro" is ...

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Deep Brain Stimulation

There are some brain disorders that do not respond to traditional treatments and therapies. Science writer Jamie Talan investigates a new and controversial procedure for the treatment of rare disorders in which electrodes are implanted in the brain with a device similar to a pacemaker. She'll be joined by Dr. ...

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