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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Christian Science Monitor staff writer Scott Peterson takes us behind the headlines in Iran. Then, jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane talks about his career in music and his legendary parents. Also, Sara Gruen discusses her novel Ape House. Plus, veteran Newsweek reporter Michael Hirsh talks about Washington’s apparent bias toward Wall Street.

Inside Iran

Iran is viewed as a security threat that's part of the Axis of Evil, but it is also is a proud nation with a 2,500 year history of Persian poetry, art, and passion, and its complexities are often overlooked. Scott Peterson discusses Iran: from its recent internal struggles to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In Let the Swords Encircle Me: Iran—A Journey Behind the Headlines, he speaks with clerics and reformers, filmmakers and journalists, True Believers and the Westernized resisters.

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Ravi Coltrane

Jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane talks about his legendary parents, his career in music, and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet’s performances at the Village Vanguard September 21-26.

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Sara Gruen’s Novel Ape House

Sara Gruen, the author of the best-selling novel Water for Elephants, discusses her latest novel, Ape House. It tells the story of a scientist at a Great Ape Language Lab who doesn’t understand people as well as she understands animals, and the reporter she meets who risks his career and his marriage to follow a story.

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Wall Street and Washington

Former Newsweek reporter Michael Hirsh, now at the National Journal, explains why presidents, from Ronald Reagan through Barack Obama, have put Wall Street before Main Street. In his book Capital Offense: How Washington's Wise Men Turned America's Future Over to Wall Street, he looks into how that preference has caused numerous economic crises around the world.

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Guest Picks: Sara Gruen

What is Sara Gruen's favorite movie? She stopped by the The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of her favorite things.

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