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Monday, August 23, 2010

On today’s show, guest host Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. First, we’ll find out about new proposals for using surveillance instead of imprisonment for certain criminals. Then, Micah Toub talks about growing up as the son of two shrinks. And Jennifer Vanderbes discusses her latest novel: Strangers at the Feast.

Prison Without Walls

Atlantic magazine contributing editor Graeme Wood explores the radical idea of turning prisons inside out, with convicts released into society under constant electronic surveillance. His article “Prison Without Walls” is in the September issue of The Atlantic.

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Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks

Micah Toub describes growing up with parents who were both Jungian therapists. His memoir, Growing Up Jung: Coming of Age as the Son of Two Shrinks, is a personal history and a survey of Jungian psychology, and looks at whether it’s possible for the child of two shrinks to reach adulthood mentally unscathed.

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Strangers at the Feast

Jennifer Vanderbes talks about her second novel, Strangers at the Feast. It’s both a portrait of a family struggling to find happiness and an exploration of the hidden costs of the American dream.

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Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires

Veteran defense analyst David Isby looks at the current situation in Afghanistan and discusses what he believes must be done so that the U.S. and NATO coalition can succeed there. His book Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires: A New History of the Borderland sheds light on the challenges of the military efforts there and offers a blueprint for the country’s future.

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