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The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails

The Bush Administration’s inbox mystery: 22 million missing emails
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Given all of the controversy and secrecy surrounding many of the Bush administration’s national security decisions over eight years, the White House email from 2000 – 2008 must contain some juicy reading. To that end, two advocacy groups had sued the former administration in search of some 22 million emails that the Executive Office of […]

Presents? Bah humbug!

Presents? Bah humbug!

‘Tis the season…to shop. If you need another excuse, many economists say it’s good, even necessary, for economic recovery. But economist Joel Waldfogel estimates that Americans drop close to $70 billion a year on Christmas presents that no one wants. Society, he adds, would be better off without this “orgy of wealth destruction.” Should we […]

In the electronic age, is it possible to vanish without a trace?

In the electronic age, is it possible to vanish without a trace?

In the age of Facebook, Twitter and constant email access, can someone disappear and start over again? That’s the question WIRED contributor Evan Ratliff posed to his editors before he dyed and cut his hair, printed fake business cards, and donned the name “James Gatz.” He sold his car and tried to vanish for an […]

Any ‘hope’ in Copenhagen?

Any ‘hope’ in Copenhagen?

Have we made progress is some areas? Have we regressed in others? Are we any closer to a treaty? So many questions… do we have any answers? After a full week of the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, we check in to see if we are any closer to solving, what some are calling, the crisis […]

Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

Cleaving: a story of marriage, meat and obsession

The author and heroine of “Julie and Julia,” the New York Times bestseller, has written about another journey into the world of food. Julie Powell joins Larry in studio to talk about her new memoir, which tells the story of being torn between the husband she adores, the affair she can’t resist, and the apprenticeship […]

Adventures in Adland

Adventures in Adland

While “Mad Men” tells the story of advertising’s glory days, what’s happened now, when there are almost as many venues for ads as pairs of eyes to sell to? The story of Adland Patt talks with the author of ADLAND about how some of the greatest ads of all time sold us on their products […]

Directing Up in the Air

Directing Up in the Air

Larry Mantle talks with the director and writer of the film, “Up In The Air,” Jason Reitman, about his critically acclaimed film and his career in Hollywood. Reitman also directed the films “Thank You For Smoking” and “Juno.” Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

Before becoming the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan served for seven years as the CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan has said that education is "the most pressing issue facing America" and that the quality of the country's education system will determine the long-term health of the economy. Among Duncan's efforts, the $4 billion […]

Comedy Congress from the Ice House!

Comedy Congress from the Ice House!

The comedic material emanating from Washington D.C., and state capitols across the country, is enough to make any sitcom writer jealous, even if most of that comedy is unintentional. Our motto on Comedy Congress is that just when politics makes you want to cry, it’s usually best to laugh. Today we laugh at the shrill […]

Going Rouge!

Going Rouge!

Not “Going Rogue,” but “Going Rouge”—the near namesake to Sarah Palin’s memoir, published the very same day—chronicles the apoplectic outrage and satire that roiled from pundits on the left in response to the then Alaskan Governor and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential nominee. Patt talks with contributors to the collection—Slate’s senior editors Emily Bazelon and Dahlia […]