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Senator Dodd Rules out Bid for Re-Election

Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd says he won't seek re-election this fall. What does this mean for Democrats who hold a slight majority in the Senate? David Lightman of the McClatchy Newspapers joins us.

'Red' Intel versus 'White' Intel

A new report from the head of intelligence for NATO in Afghanistan concludes that the right kind of intelligence is not being gathered in Afghanistan. The report says too much attention is focused on the gathering of red intel — which is information about the enemy; and the U.S. falls short with white intel, which is knowledge about potential allies, like the people of Afghanistan. Julian Barnes of the Los Angeles Times is our guest. We also speak with Bob Baer, formerly of the CIA, and author of "See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism."

Troops' Home Away From Home

The BBC's Laura Sheeter looks at the long tradition of caring for military personnel that goes on at the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines', Coast Guard & Airmen's Club in New York City.

Will the 21st Century be Another American Century?

In the last century, jazz, swing, and rock ruled and much of the world dreamt Hollywood dreams and wore blue jeans. Chinese dissidents raised their own statue of liberty, while eastern Europeans sang the civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome", to protest against communism. Our guest Walter Kirn says ignore the prophets of cultural decline, the U.S. is on an upswing. Kirn is the author of "Up in the Air," which is now a major film. His latest book is "Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever."

Chinese in America

We speak with National Book Award winner Ha Jin. His latest book of short stories, "A Good Fall", focuses on the lives of Chinese immigrants living in New York's Flushing, Queens. As they struggle to make new lives for themselves in America, they can't shake their ties to their native land.

Music from the show

  • Grace Kelly, “Time to Be Free” performed with Doug Johnson
  • Calexico, "Crumble"
  • Christian McBride, "Theme for Kareem"
  • Charles Mingus, "Pedal Point Blues"
  • Clint Mansell, "Here Comes Summer"
  • Marcus Roberts, "The Truth is Spoken Here"
  • Ahmad Jamal, "Patterns"

This program aired on January 6, 2010.

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