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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Gail Collins and Andy Borowitz join us for an election-day roundup for the last installment of our series How Did Politics in America Get So Weird? Director John Collins and Scott Shepherd, who stars as Nick, discuss “Gatz.” Documentarian Alex Gibney talks about his documentary on former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace. Jeff Sharlet talks about C Street, the Family, and fundamentalism in Washington.

Gail Collins and Andy Borowitz: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

New York Times columnist Gail Collins and humorist Andy Borowitz, author of www.borowitzreport.com, join us for an Election Day roundup for the last installment of our series looking at the absurd things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

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Gatz

John Collins, director, and Scott Shepherd, who stars as Nick, discuss the Elevator Repair Service's production of the play “Gatz.” One morning in the low-rent office of a small business, an employee finds a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby in the clutter of his desk. During the six-hour play, the entire novel is read on stage. “Gatz” is playing at the Public Theater through November 28.

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Alex Gibney on “Client 9”

Documentarian Alex Gibney discusses former New York governor Eliot Spitzer’s fall from grace. His film “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” looks at how Spitzer’s crusade against Wall Street corruption as Attorney General led to his rise to power as governor, and gives an account of the prostitution scandal that brought him down. “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer” opens in New York Friday, November 5, at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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C Street

Jeff Sharlet discusses C Street, where piety, politics, and corruption meet in Washington. In C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, he looks at religious fundamentalism in politics, and at what goes on inside the C Street residence of the fundamentalist group: The Family, where efforts are made to transform the very fabric of American democracy.

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