Politics and Diplomacy

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Today's show is an encore presentation of some of our favorite interviews from the past few months. First, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch discusses The Clinton Tapes, the book that describes a late-night drunken pizza run by Boris Yeltsin. Then, we speak with two curators from the Guggenheim Museum about a new retrospective of abstract art pioneer Vasily Kandinsky. Also, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks about her career and how she used decorative pins to make diplomatic statements. Plus, we look at how our networks of friends can influence almost everything about our personality — from our politics to our health to our emotions.

The Clinton Tapes

Taylor Branch discusses his book The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, a record of the conversations he had with President Bill Clinton during his eight years in office. President Clinton revealed what he thought and felt, but couldn’t say in public about the wars in Bosnia and ...


Kandinksy at the Guggenheim

Tracey Bashkoff, curator of collections and exhibitions, and Karole Vail, assistant curator, discuss "Kandinsky," a full-scale retrospective of the artist who was a seminal figure in the history of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Karole Vail is the editor and one of the authors of The ...


Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tells how Saddam Hussein’s poet-in-residence inspired her to use her pins and brooches make diplomatic statements in her meetings with world leaders. Her book Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box is part memoir, part social history, and looks at Secretary ...



Dr. Nicholas Christakis and Dr. James Fowler share surprising revelations of how -- and how much -- we influence one another. In Connected, they explain how social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics and more.


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