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Friday, September 24, 2010

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard for one more day. On the show: Benazir Bhutto’s niece Fatima Bhutto talks about the long line of tragedies in her family, and her family’s political dynasty. Then Christopher Brownfield tells us what it’s like to serve in the post-9/11 military, both on nuclear submarines and in Iraq. William Gibson talks about his new novel, Zero History. Plus, grab your skates, because Please Explain is all about roller derby!

Fatima Bhutto on Pakistan's Political Dynasty

Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Murtaza Bhutto and niece of Benazir Bhutto, discusses her father’s murder and the long line of tragedies in her family. Songs of Blood & Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir reveals how a family of feudal landlords became powerbrokers and politicians.

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My Nuclear Family

Christopher Brownfield describes his early life in the Navy and how he, a submariner, ended up in Iraq. In My Nuclear Family: Coming of Age in America’s Twenty-first Century Military, he writes about his years serving on a nuclear submarine, his ship’s secret missions in the global war on terror, and why his faith in the entire operation began to erode. He also describes working with General Petraeus and developing plans for energy efficiency, development, and counterinsurgency in Iraq.

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William Gibson's Zero History

William Gibson discusses his new novel, Zero History.

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Please Explain: Roller Derby

Today’s Please Explain is all about the sport of roller derby, from its earliest roots to its modern day revival. Alex Cohen (aka Axles of Evil) and Jennifer Barbee, the authors of Down and Derby: The Insider's Guide to Roller Derby, stop by our show today. Alex Cohen is a skater and trainer, and also served as the derby consultant/choreographer for Drew Barrymore’s film "Whip It!"

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