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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Guest host Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. Jonathan Mintz of the Department of Consumer Affairs about pricing violations at city grocery stores and bodegas. Then, our 2010 election series, The Big Picture 2010, focuses on immigration with the New York TimesJulia Preston and Politico’s Scott Wong. Also, Lawrence Wright talks about “My Trip to Al Qaeda.” And Gail Collins returns to talk about the ridiculous things politicians say. Plus, soldier Patrick Hennessey tells about the reading club he ran while is unit was fighting against Mullah Omar in Afghanistan.

Price Check

Jonathan Mintz, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs, talks about discovering pricing violations in city grocery stores and explains how consumers can protect themselves.

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The Big Picture 2010: Immigration

For the first segment of our series on the upcoming midterm election, Julia Preston, immigration correspondent for the New York Times, and Scott Wong, reporter for Politico, discuss how immigration reform is shaping the elections—from Arizona to New York.

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“My Trip to Al Qaeda”

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and playwright Lawrence Wright discusses the film adaptation of his one-man show “My Trip to Al Qaeda.” It chronicles fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power, as well as his struggle to maintain objectivity as a journalist in the wake of 9/11.  “My Trip to Al Qaeda” debuts at 9:00 pm, September 7, on HBO.

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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is back to share some of her favorite examples of outlandish things politicians have been saying recently.

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The Junior Officers’ Reading Club

Patrick Hennessey, Jr., gives an account of his coming of age as a young enlistee, staving off the tedium and pressures of army life in the Iraqi desert by creating a book club. In The Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars, Hennessey captures how boys grow into men amid the frenetic violence, frequent boredom, and overwhelming responsibilities that frame a soldier's experience.

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Guest Picks: Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is a fan of Dr. John's piano instruction tapes. Find out what other favorite picks he revealed to us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show


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