The Struggle: Covert War, Minimum Wage, Isolation and Exile

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Activists demonstrate during a protest outside the National Restaurant Association's 28th Public Affairs Conference on April 29, 2014, in Washington, DC.

On today’s show: We’ll look into the history of covert operations, stretching all the way back to the Truman Administration. George Prochnik traces the life of Stefan Zweig, and tells us why this major literary star of the 1930s killed himself in 1942. Our series Strapped: A Look at Poverty in America series continues with former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the economics of being poor and whether raising the minimum wage can actually help workers get out of poverty. And Mona Simpson talks about her latest novel, Casebook.