Journalist Pico Iyer has a long history meeting with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader living in exile in India. Iyer joins Fresh Air to discuss how the fourteenth Dalai Lama is responding to the current Tibetan uprising and protest against Chinese rule. Iyer’s new book, based in part on his conversations with the revered Buddhist monk over the last 33 years, is The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Iyer is the author of several other books, including his reflections on his travels, Sun After Dark.
Hour 1 Is America’s infrastructure beginning to fall apart? We’ll talk with ROBERT PUENTES a Fellow at the Brooking Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program about the nation’s aging infrastructure. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
Hour 2 Is there a shortage of migrant workers? This week one of Pennsylvania’s largest tomato farmers said he would have to switch to a less profitable crop, grain corn, because of he can’t find enough workers to harvest his crop. A situation he blames on our current immigration deadlock on guest workers. We’ll hear from KETIH ECKEL the owner of Fred W. Eckel Sons Farms near Scranton about his situation, then we’ll debate whether there really is a shortage of migrant workers. Our guest will be GARY SWAN the Director of Governmental Affairs at the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and MARK KRIKORIAN executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
THIS AMERICAN LIFE
Nice Work If You Can Get It
A man makes his living convincing lottery winners to sign their jackpots over to him—and discovers why the vast majority of them wish they’d never won. Plus, Sarah Vowell on the downside of the dream job and John Hodgman on what happens when celebrity hunts you down and finds you…on your living room couch, pushing 40, and a couple sizes larger than you want to be. More…