State of the Nation

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in for Leonard Lopate. We’ll talk to economic advisor Leo Hindery, Jr. and The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg about the economy, the jobless recovery, and the proposed bank tax. Then we’ll delve into the life and presidency of James K. Polk. And Stacy Parker Aab discusses her experience being an intern in the Clinton White House. Plus, we’ll look at the history of “disaster response” from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to today’s crisis in Haiti.

The State of the Economy

In tonight’s State of the Union address, the state of the economy is expected to be President Obama’s main focus. We’ll speak with Leo Hindery, Jr., Chairman of the Smart Globalization Initiative at the New America Foundation, managing partner of InterMedia Partners, LP, and former economic advisor to President Obama, ...

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From Sea to Shining Sea

Robert Merry, president and publisher of Congressional Quarterly, discusses the pivotal presidency of James K. Polk. When he left office, the country had grown by more than a third, stretching across the continent to the Pacific. A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the ...

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Government Girl

Stacy Parker Aab tells her story of being an idealistic young woman in the Clinton White House in the 1990s. Her memoir Government Girl: Young and Female in the White House reveals how a once charmed life, with nurturing mentors and superstar politicos, changed radically with the Monica Lewinsky ...

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Florin Diacu, author of Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe, and Lee Clarke, a Rutgers professor and expert on dealing with disasters, take us through some of the epic upheavals of the past, and whether we’ve ever figured out how to effectively deal with disaster.

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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn, the popular Boston University historian and political activist who had been an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam, passed away at the age of 87. Leonard interviewed him in March of 2001 for his book on war.


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