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Obama's Nobel Peace Prize

President Barack Obama speaks about winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP)
President Barack Obama speaks about winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP)

One former winner, Lech Walesa says it's "too early," while another, Desmond Tutu, says it speaks to the President's promise.  Barack Obama is only the third U.S. president to win the honor while in office, joining Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt. What did it do for the other two? We'll speak with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.  His upcoming book is "Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security--from World War 2 to the War on Terrorism."

Did Moses Inspire the Underground Railroad and Superman’s Creators?

Jews believe Moses led them to the promised land, but did you know he also inspired the Founding Fathers, the slaves on the underground railroad and the creators of Superman? Best-selling author Bruce Feiler joins us to talk about his new book, "America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story."

Obama Addresses Gay Rights

President Obama will address the Human Rights Campaign tomorrow — the nation's largest gay rights group. He is expected to face criticism from some gay people who say the president has not delivered on his promises. Michael Shear, White House correspondent for the Washington Post, is our guest.

Insurgents in Pakistan's Punjab

Extremist groups linked to al-Queda are making inroads in Pakistan.  Orla Guerin of the BBC reports on recent unrest in Punjab Province.

Mother Seeks to be Buried with Son

Denise Anderson of Mansfield, Massachusetts buried her son, Army Specialist Corey Shea in 2008, in the National Veteran's Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.  He was killed while serving in Iraq.  Now, Anderson is waging a campaign to make sure that some day she will be buried alongside him.   According to federal law, only the spouse or a minor child can be buried with a deceased service member in a military cemetery. Specialist Shea was unmarried and did not have any children. We speak with Anderson, who has petitioned Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank to help change the law.

Actress and Playwright Anna Deavere Smith

The woman who brings multiple voices to the stage is back on stage with her show "Let Me Down Easy." We rebroadcast our conversation with Anna Deavere Smith about her latest stage presentation, which just opened in New York this week.

Music from the show

  • Paul Robeson, "Go Down Moses"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"
  • Marcs Roberts, "The Truth is Spoken Here"
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
  • Moby, "Myopia"

This segment aired on October 9, 2009.

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