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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Historian and former New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan—the man Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to—discusses the recent publication of the “Afghan War Logs” on Wikileaks. Ashley Judd discusses playing a woman suffering from chronic suicidal depression in the movie “Helen.” Ted Mooney talks about his novel, The Same River Twice. Plus, Jeffrey Toobin explains Senator Chuck Schumer’s near-silence about the financial reform bill that was recently passed.

Neil Sheehan on Leaks and Wikileaks

Former New York Times reporter Neil Sheehan—the man Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to—discusses Wikileaks' disclosure of the “Afghan War Logs” and how reporters handle sensitive government documents that have been passed their way.

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U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Much of the reporting around the “Afghan War Logs” that were released earlier this week by the Website Wikileaks has highlighted accusations of double dealing by Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI. Blake Hounshell, managing editor at Foreign Policy and contributor to the magazine’s Passport blog talks about the accusations and what the "Afghan War Logs" publication means for U.S.-Pakistani relations.

 

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Ashley Judd

Actress Ashley Judd talks about her career, growing up in a famous family, and about her latest dramatic role in in the new movie “Helen.” The movie is about a university professor who has a sudden, unexpected breakdown that sends her into severe depression. “Helen” opens July 30th at the Quad Cinema.

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Ted Mooney’s The Same River Twice

Ted Mooney talks about his novel, The Same River Twice. It tells the story of Odile, a French fashion designer who agrees to smuggle some May Day banners out of the former Soviet Union for an American art dealer. The operation, seemingly simple, ends up turning her world upside-down.

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Jeffrey Toobin on Chuck Schumer

New York senator Chuck Schumer, who sits on both the Finance Committee and the Banking Committee, has a reputation as a principal voice for Wall Street in Washington. New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses why Mr. Schumer was nearly silent this summer, when his colleagues passed the most comprehensive overhaul of securities legislation in more than a generation. Jeffrey Toobin’s article, “The Senator and the Street” appears in the August 2nd issue of The New Yorker.

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Guest Picks: Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd came on The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her favorite book, what she is a fan of and more!

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