Bush and Cheney; Modernizing China; Sports Talk; Ivan Klima's Memoir

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Monday, November 11, 2013

We’ll start off the show on this Veteran’s Day with New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker on the complex relationship between President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Then, we’ll learn about the 19th-century Empress Dowager Cixi, who brought China into the modern age. Mike Pesca and Josh Levin, two of the hosts of Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast, join us for some Monday afternoon quarterbacking. Celebrated Czech writer Ivan Klima talks about being a witness to war, totalitarianism, censorship and the fight for democracy, and the role he played in his country’s history.

Bush and Cheney in the White House

Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the eight years of the Bush Administration, the most consequential presidency in modern times, and the elusive and shifting alliance of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. In Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, he brings to life the drama of an era marked by devastating terror attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and financial collapse, and he paints a portrait of a partnership that evolved dramatically over time.

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Empress Dowager Cixi of China

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. Jung Chang explains how she brought a medieval empire into the modern age. In her biography Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, Chang looks at how Cixi achieved modern industries, railways, electricity, the telegraph and an army and navy with up-to-date weaponry. She also put an end to foot-binding and inaugurated women’s liberation.

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Monday Afternoon Quarterbacking

Mike Pesca and Josh Levin talk all things sports!

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Ivan Klima's Crazy Century

Acclaimed Czech writer Ivan Klima reflects back on his life and on decades of war, totalitarianism, censorship, and the fight for democracy. Klíma’s memoir My Crazy Century begins in the 1930s on the outskirts of Prague. During WWII, most of his family survived the Terezín concentration camp, but when they returned home, their city was falling into the grip of Communism.

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