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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Republican strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville talk about their bipartisan marriage and why they’ve left Washington, DC. Eleni Mandell plays live from her latest album, “Let’s Fly a Kite.” We’ll look at the link between creativity and alcohol in the lives of six great writers. John Rizzo, who worked at the CIA for three decades describes the evolution of the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, its so-called “black sites,” and the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah.

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James Carville: Love & War

 James Carville talks about being half the nation’s most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. he looks at how he and his wife, Republican strategist Mary Matalin—and the country—have changed in the last two decades in their book Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. They tell their story, beginning with the end of the 1992 presidential campaign—where he managed Bill Clinton’s electoral triumph while she suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush’s key strategist.

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Eleni Mandell Performs Live

Eleni Mandell performs live and talks about her new album, “Let’s Fly a Kite.” When she was on a tour with Nick Lowe, Eleni became friends with Nick's producer Neil Brockbank and they agreed to make this album together. It includes two-steps, waltzes and weepers inspired from years past.

Eleni Mandell is performing at the Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, January 28, and at Mercury Lounge in NY on January 30.

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On Writers and Drinking

Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol in the work and lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver, who were all alcoholics. In The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking, she takes a journey from Cheever’s New York to Williams’s New Orleans, from Hemingway’s Key West to Carver’s Port Angeles, to piece together a map of alcoholism, a disease that has also affected her own family.

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John Rizzo on 30 Years of Controversy in the CIA

John Rizzo traces the CIA’s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. In Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA, he looks at the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency’s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. He’s the first CIA official to ever describe what “black sites” look like from the inside, to discusses the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah, and address the enhanced interrogation program.

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Guest Picks: Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, talking to guest host Andy Borowitz about her new album, "Let's Fly a Kite." She also told us about her 3-year-old son's love of classic country music and her love of eggs. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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