“Bush’s War,” a two-part special from the PBS series Frontline, investigates the lead up to — and the justification for — war in Iraq. Journalist and Frontline producer Michael Kirk joins Fresh Air to discuss the program. “Parts of this history have been told before,” Kirk says on the series Web site. “But no one has laid out the entire narrative to reveal in one epic story the scope and detail of how this war began and how it has been fought, both on the ground and deep inside the government.” Kirk has produced over 200 national TV programs and was senior producer for Frontline from 1983 to 1987. ALSO, Meg Wolitzer‘s new novel, The Ten-Year Nap, is the story of a group of women who choose full-time motherhood over promising professional careers — and then find themselves questioning that decision a decade later. Wolitzer’s other books include The Position and The Wife, which was a New York Times Notable Book.
It’s been a busy few weeks for the Federal Reserve Board. First it offered $200 billion dollars to investment banks to help keep their cash flowing. Then it gave money to JP Morgan to help the firm purchase ailing Bear Stearns. And finally they lowered the short-term interest rate to 2.25%. What does all this tell us about the state of our economy? PETER COY from Business Week joins us to explain it all. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
JAMES McBRIDE’s new book, Song Yet Sung, is the story of an escaped female runaway slave in 1850 and her perilous flight through the Eastern Shore of Maryland. McBride joins Marty in the studio to talk about his new novel and his career as an author, journalist and musician. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Host David Dye welcomes New York-based alternative-pop trio, Nada Surf, to the World Café. Perhaps best known for their 1996 hit song, “Popular,” the band is enjoying a gratifying comeback after several years of legal battles and record label woes. The group’s worldwide fanbase, built up through extensive touring over the past few years, can now relish the release of their new album, Lucky. The single, “Whose Authority,” is a standout anthemic song with yearning, introspective lyrics and wonderful melodic twists.
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