Gonzo journalist Frank Owen, author of Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture, has turned his attention to the history of the drug methamphetamine ? and he went on a four-day meth binge as part of his reporting. The book is titled No Speed Limit: The Highs and Lows of Meth. Forbes magazine writer Robyn Meredith talks about the economic realities behind her new book: The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us. Previously, Meredith wrote for The New York Times and USA Today. Actress Liv Ullman, longtime muse of filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, talks about working with the legendary director, who died today at the age of 89. Bergman made more than 50 films, including The Seventh Seal, Cries and Whispers, and Fanny and Alexander.
U.S.-paid private contractors in Iraq now exceed the total number of combat troops, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of States and Defense. That number includes roughly 21,000 Americans, 43,000 foreign contractors and about 118,000 Iraqis. We talk with DEBORAH AVANT about the implication of this growing reliance on private contractors.
Scandal and controversy has invaded almost every professional sport in recent weeks. Steroids in cycling, NFL super-star Michael Vick facing federal felony charges, an NBA ref cheating and Barry Bonds about to break Hank Aaron’s home run record amidst charges of steroid use. We’ve invited Penn ethicist ART CAPLAN and Inquirer sports writer BOB FORD to help us make sense of it all.
THE WORLD CAFE
David Dye welcomes rock legend Sir Paul McCartney to the World Caf? to talk about his new album, Memory Almost Full. The record is classic McCartney with its soulful ballads and infectious melodies. Some unexpected elements, such as his mandolin work and new-wave rhythms, are a fresh addition to his timeless sound.
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