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Monday, July 26, 2010

Michael Otterman discusses the devastating toll and human costs of the war in Iraq. Then, Gary Shteyngart talks about his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story. Also, writer and fisherman Paul Greenberg explores the history of the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. Plus, former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler describes his appetite for destruction.

Michael Otterman on the Human Costs of the War in Iraq

Michael Otterman discusses the human costs of the war the United States and its allies have been waging in Iraq, and specific matters that the mainstream media tend to downplay or ignore altogether. Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage, written by co-writers Richard Hil and Paul Wilson, features in-depth interviews with Iraqi refugees in the Middle East and in Western countries to in order to give a comprehensive account of the Iraqi people's struggle.

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Gary Shteyngart and his Super Sad True Love Story

Gary Shteyngart talks about his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story. Set in New York in the near future, when a functionally illiterate America is on the verge of collapse, it tells the story of Lenny Abramov. Lenny loves books, despite the fact that nobody reads anymore, and printed books are viewed as artifacts of a lost world.

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Paul Greenberg’s Four Fish

Writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg looks at the state of salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna. In Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, he follows the path that takes these fish from the ocean to our dinner tables, and shows how we can start to heal the oceans and make sustainable seafood the rule rather than the exception.

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Steven Adler’s Appetite for Destruction

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler shares his story of spinning out of control, enduring twenty-eight ODs, three suicide attempts, two heart attacks, jail stints, and a debilitating stroke. In My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses, he recounts his years with Guns N' Roses, being banished by the band, and diving into nearly 20 years of addiction that eroded his mind and his health until he finally kicked his drug habits.

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Guest Picks: Gary Shteyngart

Find out about some of Gary Shteyngart's favorite picks after appearing on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Steven Adler

Steven Adler is a fan of cartoons! Find out what else he revealed to us after his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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