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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during 9/11, talks about how decisions are made in the Pentagon. Then, our election series, The Big Picture, takes a look at the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and whether they're having much of an impact on the midterm elections. Also, Nicole Krauss discusses her latest novel, Great House. And, New York Times columnist Gail Collins helps us answer the question, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird? Plus, Elmore Leonard (who turned 85 yesterday) on his latest novel.

General Hugh Shelton

General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during 9/11, chronicles his journey to the Pentagon and White House, and explains how decisions were made behind the scenes in the inner sanctum of the E-Ring and Oval Office. His memoir Without Hesitation: The Odyssey of an American Warrior tells his experiences in the military, from Vietnam to Haiti, and his role as chief architect of the U.S. military response to 9/11.

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The Big Picture: Iraq and Afghanistan

On this week’s edition of The Big Picture, a look at why our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has not been more of an issue on the campaign trail during this election season. David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, explains what the official withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq and the increase in the number of troops in Afghanistan has meant for candidates and voters so far this year.

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Nicole Krauss on Great House

Nicole Krauss talks about her latest novel, Great House. It’s about a stolen desk that contains the secrets of the lives it passes through and becomes the obsession of those who own it.

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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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Elmore Leonard on Djibouti

Crime fiction master Elmore Leonard talks about his latest novel, Djibouti. It tells the story of Dara Barr, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, who travels to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa to film Somali pirates in action.

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Guest Picks: Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard is a fan of The Hurt Locker. Find out what else he revealed to us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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