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Monday, August 10, 2009

On today’s show: we kick off a two day series called “Legislative Leftovers” by looking at what remains to be done on healthcare reform with Ezra Klein and Luke Mitchell. Then, our latest Underappreciated literature segment looks at the writer Yusuf Idris. And, author Steven Hely on his book “How I Became a Famous Novelist." Plus, a panel discussion on writing crime novels about New York City.

Legislative Leftovers: Healthcare

With Congress in recess for the rest of August, we'll take the next two days to look at some of the legislation that's still on the table. Today, we find out where the health care debate stands in both the House and the Senate. Ezra Klein, who

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Underappreciated: Yusuf Idris

Yusuf Idris is an Egyptian writer best known for his short stories. On today's underappreciated we’ll discuss Idris’s book The Cheapest Nights with Roger Allen, Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. He'll explain why Idris is considered one of the ...

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How I Became a Famous Novelist

Steve Hely's novel How I Became A Famous Novelist tells the story of Pete Tarslaw, an unlikely literary legend, and how his "pile of garbage" became the most talked about, blogged about, praised, and panned novel in America.

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New York City Thrillers

Reggie Nadelson, author of Londongrad; Lee Child, author of Gone Tomorrow; and George Dawes Green, author of Ravens talk to us about writing crime thrillers set in New York City. From picking a setting to characters and story development.

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