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How Roger Ailes Built Fox News; June Squibb on "Nebraska"; Kim Fu's Debut Novel; Betty Medsger on the 1971 FBI Break-in

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Monday, January 27, 2014

On today’s show: Gabriel Sherman talks about Fox News founder Roger Ailes and how he’s built the most influential television news empire today. June Squibb on her Oscar-nominated performance in the film, “Nebraska.” Kim Fu discusses her debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy, about the only son in a family of 4 kids who’s pretty sure he’s really a girl. And Betty Medsger tells the story of how a 1971 break-in at a Pennsylvania FBI office confirmed that J. Edgar Hoover was running a shadow agency that targeted civil rights activists and antiwar groups.

How Roger Ailes Built Fox News

New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman talks about how Roger Ailes, the powerful founder of Fox News, built the most influential television news empire of our time. The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News—and Divided a Country, Sherman looks at how Ailes became an indispensable figure in conservative America and set the right-wing agenda, from the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal to the Tea Party attack on the Obama presidency.

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Best Supporting Actress Nominee June Squibb

June Squibb discusses her role in “Nebraska,” for which she’s been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

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For Today I Am a Boy, a Novel by Kim Fu

Kim Fu tells us about her debut new novel, For Today I Am a Boy. It follows Peter Huan, who grows up with three sisters and, as the only boy in the family, is expected to live up to his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different ideas for his life—he’s certain he is a girl.

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The Burglary that Revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

Betty Medsger tells the full story of a group of unlikely activists who broke into an FBI office outside Philadelphia to steal files, which they sent to journalists and members of Congress. Those files revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s “secret counterintelligence program” COINTELPRO, set up in 1956 to investigate and disrupt dissident political groups in the United States, many of them legal civil rights organizations and antiwar groups that Hoover found offensive—as well as black power groups, student activists, antidraft protestors, conscientious objectors. In The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI Medsger gives a full account of the break in and how it changed the FBI and the country.

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Guest Picks: June Squibb

June Squibb was on the Leonard Lopate Show talking about her Oscar-nominated role as Kate Grant in "Nebraska." She also told us about her favorite television shows and Matthew McConaughey's great work. 

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