Rundown 11/16

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Guantanamo Detainees to Illinois?

A new maximum security prison that sits largely unused in the small town of Thomson, Ill., might become the home of terrorism suspects from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center. Federal officials are inspecting the site today. We speak with Jerry Hebeler, president of the village of Thomson, who says the facility would bring jobs to the area. We also speak with Christi Parsons, Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.

China in Afghanistan

While the U.S. is battling the Taliban, a Chinese company is building a large mining operation in Afghanistan — and U.S. troops are protecting the Chinese workers. It's the geopolitical future of Asia, says our guest, Robert Kaplan, in which China will benefit regardless of what happens to the U.S. in Afghanistan. Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

'Twilight' Mania

Fans of the Twilight film series attend a UK fan party of the saga's latest film "New Moon" in London on Wednesday. (AP)
Fans of the Twilight film series attend a UK fan party of the saga's latest film "New Moon" in London on Wednesday. (AP)

"New Moon," the next film in the vampire love series "Twilight," opens on Nov. 20, and advance sales have been huge around the country. But as the BBC's Madeleine Morris reports, the love of "Twilight" isn't just an American phenomenon: Britain and the rest of the world are mad for the books as well.

'Don't Be Creepy'

Google's corporate philosophy is "Don't be evil," but, recently, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the company is being careful that it doesn't cross the "creepy line" in the amount of data it collects from people. That could be tricky, considering the enormous amounts of information Google amasses from its search engine — along with Gmail, digital documents, virtual books, blogging, photo storage and, now, its smartphone software that powers Motorola's new Droid phone. Here & Now media analyst and Boston University professor John Carroll talks to us about how to guard your privacy in a Google world.

'Lark and Termite'

1116_lark-termiteAuthor Jayne Anne Phillips highly acclaimed novel “Lark and Termite” is one of five finalists in the fiction category for a National Book Award this year. "Lark and Termite" interweaves the stories of Lark, a young girl coming of age in 1950s West Virginia, her brain-damaged brother Termite, their aunt Nonie and Termite’s father, Robert, a soldier who is killed while escorting fleeing civilians during the Korean War. We revisit a conversation we had with the author earlier this year.  Read book recommendations from Jayne Anne Phillips.

National Book Award Nominees for Fiction

  • Bonnie Jo Campbell, "American Salvage"
  • Colum McCann, "Let the Great World Spin"
  • Daniyal Mueenuddin, "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders"
  • Jayne Anne Phillips, "Lark and Termite"
  • Marcel Theroux, "Far North"

Music from the show

  • Peter Dixon, "Nagog Woods"
  • Freddie Hubbard, "Little Sunflower"
  • Thelonius Monk, "Caravan"
  • The Lickets, "Meat City"
  • Fred Hirsch, "Desafinado"
  • Massive Attack, "Future Proof"
  • Steve Earle, "Transcendental Blues"

This program aired on November 16, 2009.


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