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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We’ll get the latest on the potential dangers posed to your health by cell phone radiation. Our election series The Big Picture continues with a look at the impact stimulus spending is having on the 2010 midterms. And Barbara Kingsolver discusses her latest novel, The Lacuna. Then, Gail Collins of the New York Times talks about some of the ridiculous things politicians have said lately. Plus, a woman tells us why she gave up suburban life in Illinois to live in a poor Maasai community in rural Kenya.

Cell Phone Radiation

Dr. Devra Davis, founding director of the toxicology and environmental studies board at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, discusses the recent and long-suppressed research on the dangers of cell phone radiation. In Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family, Davis reveals the dark side of these ubiquitous gadgets and the trillion-dollar industry behind them.

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The Big Picture: The Stimulus

For this week’s edition of The Big Picture, Michael Grunwald, Senior Correspondent for Time magazine, discusses the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009—the stimulus bill—which Republicans have called 'too much government spending' and 'not enough' by many Democrats. He’ll explain what the stimulus bill called for, where funds have gone, and how effective it has been in boosting the economy and creating jobs.

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Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna

Barbara Kingsolver discusses her latest novel, The Lacuna. It moves from the Mexico of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo to the America of Pearl Harbor, FDR, and J. Edgar Hoover. It tells the story of a man pulled between two nations and is a portrait of the artist—and of art itself.

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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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My Maasai Life

Robin Wiszowaty talks about how she ended up leaving her middle-class American life to join an impoverished Maasai community in rural Kenya. In My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah, she explains why she wanted to break free of her suburban existence and discover something deeper, and how she ended up finding in it Africa.

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Guest Picks: Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her new novel, The Lacuna, and discussed some of her favorite picks with us.


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MacArthur Foundation Grants

Four of the 23 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius” Grants have appeared on the Leonard Lopate Show.


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