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Monday, December 07, 2009

We’ll examine how Texas Governor Rick Perry is fending off a primary challenge from Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and what it means for the future of his state and the Republican Party. Then, we examine the history of dissection in American medicine. Also, world-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson discusses his long career. Plus, young writers describe how mentors like Susan Sontag and Gordon Lish inspired them in their work and their lives.



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Texas Politics

Robert Draper, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, discusses Texas Governor Rick Perry, who’s in the fight of his political life against popular Republican senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who has the key players of the Bush administration behind her. His article "It’s Just a Texas-Governor Thing," ...

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Dissection

Author James Edmonson, Chief Curator of the Dittrick Medical Center and Museum at Case Western Reserve University, explains why, in the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, medical students took pictures of themselves with the cadavers they dissected. His book Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in ...

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Harry Benson's Photographs

World-renowned photojournalist Harry Benson talks about his remarkable career. His latest book, Harry Benson: Photographs, is a celebration of his career, and includes his photographs of presidents, Robert F. Kennedy on the night he was assassinated, and the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrities, and historic moments—the rise ...

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Mentors, Muses, and Monsters

Writers Elizabeth Benedict, Sigrid Nunez, and Lily Tuck discuss the people who most influenced them. Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives was edited by and includes an essay by Elizabeth Benedict. Sigrid Nunez writes about what it was like to be Susan ...

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Leonard's Questions: Lily Tuck

Lily Tuck is a fan of horse racing! See what else she revealed during her appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Leonard's Questions: Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict tells us about her favorite movie, kind of music, and more after her appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show!

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