Counting the Votes

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Guest host Jonathan Capehart speaks with journalist Sarah Chayes and Bobby Ghosh about the Afghan election. Anne Kornblut and Craig Gordon look at why we're getting so many different messages about health care reform. Then, our latest Underappreciated summer reading series looks at Robert Musil's three-volume novel The Man Without Qualities. A new documentary follows three unaccompanied children who travel from Latin America to the U.S. border to reunite with their parents. Plus, a representative from the Union of Concerned Scientists explains why he thinks this is such a critical year to address climate change.

The Election in Afghanistan

Last Thursday, Afghanistan's voters headed to the polls amid increasing levels of violence. President Hamid Karzai and one of his challengers, Abdullah Abdullah, have both claimed victory. Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent who lives and works in Kandahar, and Bobby Ghosh, senior editor for Time magazine, give us an update ...

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Mixed Messages on Healthcare Reform

Every policy maker seems to have something different to say about health care reform. We talk to Anne Kornblut, White House correspondent for the Washington Post, and Craig Gordon, White House editor for Politico, about why we're getting so many different messages and what they'll mean when Congress returns in ...

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Underappreciated: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities

On our latest Underappreciated segment, Burton Pike, editor and translator of Robert Musil’s titanic though unfinished novel, The Man Without Qualities, discusses the philosophical and aesthetic ideas circulating in pre-war Viennese society as depicted in the novel.

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Which Way Home

Director Rebecca Cammisa discusses her feature-length documentary "Which Way Home," which follows three unaccompanied children as they leave their homes in Latin America and travel through Mexico to the U.S. border in order to reunite with their parents who’ve made the trip before them. "Which Way Home" premieres ...

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Climate Change Legislation

Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, explains why this is a critical year, both domestically and internationally, for addressing climate change. Find out more about the Tck Tck Tck campaign at

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