A Different Spin on Things: Leslie Gelb; R.A. Dickey

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As Iraq dissolves into chaos, Leslie Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Daily Beast contributor explains his idea for how the country could be split along sectarian lines. Plus: Starbucks announced plans to pay for its employees’ online education at Arizona State University; and The Mets’ former all-star knuckleballer and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on his new children's book, which has an anti-bullying message.  

Revisiting Splitting Iraq

Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, Daily Beast contributor, and author of Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy, and then-Senator Joe Biden proposed splitting Iraq along sectarian lines in 2006, a road not taken that now looks prescient. He talks about that proposal and what options still exist.

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The U.S. Team Survives on 'Endurance, Strength and Youth'

The U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in its World Cup debut last night. We discuss the game with George Vescey sports columnist for The New York Times and author of the new book Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer (Times Books, 2014), what it says about the US chances, and take calls from fans of the US and others about how the first round fared.

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Starbucks Gets Into Higher Ed

Starbucks has announced a partnership with Arizona State University to help employees finish their degrees through online courses. Anya Kamenetz of NPR's new education team, and author of Generation Debt: Why Now is a Terrible Time to be Young (Riverhead Trade, 2006), talks about the deal and what it means for Starbucks, their workers, and the future of higher education.

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Does the GOP's Future Include Latino Voters?

Conventional wisdom says Republicans have to figure out a way to court Latino voters. After Eric Cantor's loss, some are wondering if the GOP and immigration reform, which Latino voters overwhelmingly support, can co-exist. Molly Ball, political reporter for the Atlantic, and Leslie Sanchez, Republican strategist, and author of Los Republicanos, Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), looks at the future of the GOP, and whether it could include large numbers of Latino voters.

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The Knuckleball Saves the Day

This segment originally aired live on June 17, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on August 15th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

R. A. Dickey, the first knuckleballer to win the Cy Young Award when he played for the Mets in 2012, now with the Toronto Blue Jays, and the author of the children's book Knuckleball Ned (Dial, 2014) illustrated by Tim Bowers, talks about his new illustrated book for preschoolers featuring a knuckleball named Ned and an anti-bullying message.

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