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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. NPR’s Michelle Norris talks about her journey uncovering family secrets. Then, novelist Scott Spencer discusses his latest book, Man in the Woods. Our election series The Big Picture continues with a look at the politics of California. Plus, Gail Collins tells us about the outlandish things politicians say. And we’ll look at some of the global environmental and health impacts of the Coca-Cola corporation.

In case you are wondering, Leonard Lopate will return Monday, September 27!

Michelle Norris on The Grace of Silence

Michelle Norris, cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered, discusses “the hidden conversation” on race that’s unfolding in America. In her new book The Grace of Silence, she unearthed and confronted painful family secrets and came to terms with her own identity and the history of race in her family.

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Scott Spencer’s Man in the Woods

Acclaimed novelist, Scott Spencer talks about his latest novel: Man in the Woods. It tells the story of a man who has been on his own since he was a teenager; leading a life of freedom and independence. He thought his life would have no constraints, but then he meets a beautiful woman and her daughter, who offer stability and consistency.

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The Big Picture: California

With unemployment passing 12% and a state budget shortfall around $20 billion, the economic picture in California is looking bleak. On today's edition of our 2010 midterm-election series The Big Picture, Cathleen Decker, state politics editor and writer for the Los Angeles Times, and by Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee, look at the crises plaguing the Golden State and candidates who want a shot at fixing them.

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

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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Coke Machine

Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's most popular beverage. Journalist Michael Blanding looks into the Coca Cola Company’s global impact. In Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World’s Favorite Soft Drink, he looks at how Coca Cola became one of the most profitable companies on the planet, and made "Coca-Cola" the world's second- most recognized word after "hello."

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Guest Picks: Michelle Norris

Michelle Norris talks about her favorite books, music, and how she would spend her last day in NYC after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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