9 p.m. TONITE on TV12: The Beatles’ stoned second film venture presents Ringo as the target of a mad scientist and Indian cultists. Hilarity ensues.
Sergei Tretyakov was an operative of the KGB, the former Soviet intelligence service. When the Soviet Union dissolved, the agency changed its name, but its mission remained the same. Tretyakov was nominally a press officer at the Russian mission to the United Nations in New York. In reality, he was running a number of intelligence agents who, in turn, were trying to get information out of Americans and others at the U.N. In 2000, Tretyakov became one of the highest-ranking Russian spies ever to defect to the United States. Four years later — with both FBI and CIA agents present — he met with Pete Earley, the author of books about several Americans who had spied for Russia. The result of their meeting is Earley’s book, Comrade J, the story of Tretyakov’s career. Tretyakov says he sees the book as a kind of “wake-up call” for Americans.
In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy asked the nation to disregard his religion. In 2000, George W. Bush informed the nation that Jesus was his favorite philosopher. In his new book, God in the White House, Randall Balmer explores the interplay between religion and politics in America, tracking the “religionization” of the Oval Office across the last half of the 20th century. How did faith become such an important criteria for the presidency? Balmer is a professor of American religious history at Barnard College and the author of several books on the evangelical experience in the United States. His newspaper columns are distributed nationally by The New York Times Syndicate, and he earned an Emmy nomination for hosting the PBS adaptation of his second book, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America.
Reaction to the Florida primary results. We’ll talk with PETER BROWN who runs the Quinnipiac Florida poll about how this morning’s results compared with expectations leading up to the primary. Also we’ll hear from ALAN ABRAMOWITZ a political science professor at Emory University in Georgia. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
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Pedestrian friendly urban planning. For the past century American cities have been designed with the car in mind. But what if planners made people the top priority, where walk-ability was the number one priority. We’ll talk about this new movement with EUGENIE BIRCH, author of The Urban and Regional Planning Reader and Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research at the University of Pennsylvania, and with CHRISTOPHER LEINBERGER a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His new book is the Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
THE WORLD CAFE
A guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Richard Hawley is best known for his work in the U.K. bands Longpigs and Pulp. Now a versatile and charming solo artist, he’s enjoyed a career renaissance in recent years. Hawley has released four solo albums to date, most recently last year’s Lady’s Bridge. The disc expands on the sophisticated pop-rock sound Hawley has honed over the years, especially after the Mercury Prize-nominated Cole’s Corner. In addition to his solo work, Hawley has also collaborated with artists such as Hank Marvin, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, and Gwen Stefani.
RICHARD HAWLEY: Serious