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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We’ll look back at the Senate's 1933 Pecora hearings, which investigated Wall Street malfeasance in the Great Crash of 1929, and how it might apply today. Then, country music singer Dierks Bentley performs live in our studio! Also, Alexander McCall Smith discuses his novel The Charming Quirks of Others. And New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us again for the latest installment in our weekly series that asks “How did Politics in America Get So Weird?” Plus, historian Eric Foner traces the transformation of Abraham Lincoln and America through the ending of slavery.

The Hellhound of Wall Street

Michael Perino tells the story of Ferdinand Pecora, the Senate lawyer who unmasked the financial misdeeds that caused the 1929 stock market crash, and how he forever changed the relationship between Washington and Wall Street. The Hellhound of Wall Street gives an account of the Pecora hearings that prompted Congress to rein in the freewheeling banking industry and led directly to the New Deal's landmark economic reforms.

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Dierks Bentley

Country music singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley performs live in the studio and talks about his latest album, “Up on the Ridge.” He’s performing in New York October 18–21, and each consecutive night will showcase a different aspect of Bentley’s award-winning career in four different venues across the city: Bowery Ballroom, City Winery, Joe’s Pub, and South Paw. Bentley will also welcome special guests, including the Del McCoury Band and Punch Brothers.


Alexander McCall Smith on His Isabel Dalhousie Series

Alexander McCall Smith discusses his latest book in the Isabel Dalhousie series, The Charming Quirks of Others: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel. Moral philosopher Isabel investigates three candidates vying for the headmaster position at an Edinburgh boys’ school, uncovering skeletons in closets.


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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The Fiery Trial

Historian Eric Foner discusses how slavery and emancipation transformed Lincoln—and the nation—and gives the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, he gives an account of Lincoln’s political navigations that led to his rise as a leader, and how his pragmatism and principle led him to finally embrace the Civil War's “fundamental and astounding” result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery.


Guest Picks: Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of his favorite things.


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