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Senator Harry Reid’s Path to Power

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Senator Harry Reid talks about his path from a childhood of poverty in Nevada to Senate Majority Leader. His new memoir is The Good Fight.

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Predicting America’s Future

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Superpollster John Zogby has been called “the maverick predictor” by the Washington Post. He’s here to make predictions on where the U.S. is heading politically, culturally, and spiritually. His new book is The Way We’ll Be.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surviving Globalization

Monday, August 11, 2008

Pat Choate, Ross Perot’s former VP running mate, says that unfettered globalization is a major threat to American stability and prosperity. In his new book, Dangerous Businesss, he shares his thoughts on what the U.S. needs to do to remain sovereign, prosperous, and secure.

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Underappreciated: Gregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite

Monday, August 11, 2008

In Gregor von Rezzori's semi-autobiographical satire, Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, the narrator looks back on a lifetime of fascination with and hatred of Jews. Elie Wiesel has said that Rezzori's voice "echoes with the disturbing and wonderful magic of a true storyteller." Deborah Eisenberg, who wrote the introduction to ...

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China's Great Train

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Chinese government’s ambitions are on full display now that the Olympics are underway. Abrahm Lustgarten talks about how China’s nationalistic goals influenced its 50-year quest to build a railway into Tibet. His new book is China’s Great Train: Beijing’s Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet.

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States of the Union: Alaska

Friday, August 08, 2008

We find out what voters in the Last Frontier think about the recent indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens – and what it means for his re-election campaign. Also: Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate. And look into how Alaskans feel about drilling in the ...

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The Future of Global Free Trade

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Talks at the World Trade Organization collapsed earlier this week, ending a 7-year effort to create a new global trade pact. Some experts say the end of these negotiations could mean an end to decades of continuous expansion of global free-trade deals. Simon Cox is economics correspondent for

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States of the Union: North Dakota

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Find out which issues matters most to voters in the Peace Garden State and how rising prices for food are affecting the nation’s leading producer of hard red spring wheat. Also: whether the presence of oil in the Western half of the state is generating more interest as oil prices ...

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Zero in on Zimbabwe

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate; now the US has just expanded its sanctions against the country. Former Africa Bureau Chief for Newsweek Joshua Hammer gives us the latest news from Zimbabwe, and explains why he calls South African President Mbeki "Mugabe's chief protector." His article for ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Frozen River

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Filmmaker Courtney Hunt's Frozen River is a testament to why sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Legal Thrills

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Virginia circuit court judge Martin Clark moonlights as an author of legal thrillers. His latest, The Legal Limit, is about a successful district attorney whose youthful crime comes back to haunt him.

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What Your Driving Habits Reveal About You

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Americans spend almost as much time driving as they do eating. Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic, explains why we drive the way we do – from road rage, to the psychology of traffic jams - and tells us what our driving habits reveal about us.

How do you think ...

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WNYC News

Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year ...

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Natural Gas Drilling: Is New York Ready?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Marcellus Shale is what industry people call an unconventional play. It’s loaded with natural gas, from Eastern Ohio to the Catskill Mountains. But the gas is very hard to extract. It’s packed tight 7,000 feet deep.

Today, with energy prices at record highs, extracting that ...

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Howard Zinn

Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Howard Zinn, the popular Boston University historian and political activist who had been an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam, passed away at the age of 87. Leonard interviewed him in March of 2001 for his book on war...

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Robert S. McNamara

Tuesday, March 26, 1996

Robert S. McNamara served as the eighth United States Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968, for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The architect of the ill-fated escalation of American forces during the Vietnam War, McNamara spent his later years publicly disavowing his decisions as "wrong, terribly ...

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