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Thursday, March 11, 2010

On today’s show, live from Baghdad, New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid parses Sunday's parliamentary elections in Iraq. Then, we’ll talk with former Minnesota governor--and retired pro-wrestler--Jesse Ventura. And Marion Meade tells the story of the lives, work, and marriage of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at why a certain kind of coal in China has been linked to increased lung cancer rates, and why climate change makes trees grow faster.

Leonard Lopate has been with WNYC for 25 years! You’re invited to celebrate his anniversary at a star-studded roast on March 25th! Find out more and buy tickets here!

Iraqi Elections

New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid will be assessing the results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections, which took place Sunday, March 7. He’ll talk about what the elections might mean for stability, the political future of the country, and for the plan to pulling out combat troops.

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American Conspiracies

Former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura talks about his political career and his libertarian take on politics.

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Lonelyhearts

Biographer Marion Meade restores Nathaniel West and Eileen McKenney to their rightful places in the cultural history of America between the wars. In Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney, she tells the story of these literary figures.

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Underreported: Linking Cancer to the Permian Extinction

For decades women in Xuan Wei, a county in southern China, have suffered from an astronomically high rate of lung cancer and the reason why has remained largely a mystery. Now, researchers think they have solved the case: the coal that is burned in Chinese kitchens is to blame, but ...

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Underreported: Accelerated Tree Growth and Climate Change

Geoffrey Parker, a forest ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution has been measuring the size and rate of growth of tree trunks for 22 years. After looking at his data, he determined that many of the trees he was surveying were growing at rate two to four times faster than expected ...

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Leonard's Questions: Jesse Ventura

Is Jesse Ventura a fan of surfing? See what he told us he was a fan of after an appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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