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BPR: Valerie Plame, Mark Leibovich, Chris Matthews, Joyce Maynard

August 22, 2014
  • Former CIA operative Valerie Plame talks to Jim and Margery about assuming her latest identity: novelist. Is it possible for Plame to outdo fact when it comes to writing about a fictional covert CIA ops officer? Plame says what she brings to the spy novel genre is a realistic view of what it means  for a female agent to go undercover. She also deconstructs how Homeland's Carrie Mathison is completely implausible.
  • Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, offers a portrait of Washington D.C.  that almost--apart from all the murders-- makes the House of Cards' D.C. seem downright wholesome. The Washington D.C. culture and the intersection of politics and the press is the subject of Leibovich's book This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America's Gilded Capital.
  • President Obama, all but giving up on Congress, has been looking for issues where he can exercise his executive authority. The latest example of this is his sweeping plan to take on global warming. However, there was a time when the President could work effectively with Congressional leadership.  This is the subject of Chris Matthew's latest book, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. Matthews dropped by to talk to Jim and Margery about this era of bipartisan productivity.
  • Maybe money can't buy you happiness but how you spend it could. Behavioral economist Michael Norton drops by to talk about his latest book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending
  • Writer Joyce Maynard drops by to talk about the film adaptation of her book Labor Day. She also schools us on how to make a pie.

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