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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Guest host Miles O’Brien fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We’ll examine the Tea Party movement from the inside, with Kate Zernike. Then our 2010 election series The Big Picture continues with a look at New York State politics. Per Petterson tells us about his latest novel, I Curse the River of Time. And NPR’s Scott Simon desribes how adopting two daughters changed his life. Plus, Gail Collins on the ridiculous things politicians say.

Inside Tea Party America

Kate Zernike looks inside the Tea Party movement—where it came from, what it stands for, and what it means for the future of American politics. In Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, she shows how the Tea Party movement emerged and explains that it’s important to understand the movement to understand American politics in 2010 and beyond.

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The Big Picture: New York

For our weekly election series, The Big Picture 2010, WNYC's reporters Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah take a look at the elections in New York State this November and what we can expect this primary day.

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Per Petterson’s I Curse the River of Time

Novelist Per Petterson, talks about his latest book: I Curse the River of Time. It tells the story of a mother and son's turbulent relationship. Set in 1989, when Communism is crumbling, it follows Arvid Jansen, who is facing his first divorce, and his mother, who’s been diagnosed with cancer.

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Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, tells the story of how he and his wife found true love with two tiny strangers from the other side of the world. In Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, he shares the anxieties, along with the joy, of adoption, and includes the stories of other adoptive families.

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

New York Times columnist Gail Collins on foolish things politicians have said, for our series “How Did Politicals in America Get So Weird?”

Let us know some of the most outlandish things you've heard from a politician recently!

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Guest Picks: Per Petterson

Per Petterson stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to share some of his favorite movies, books, and more!

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Guest Picks: Scott Simon

What is Scott Simon listening to right now? Find out what he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show

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