Shows: April 8, 2008

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Hindu Extremists and US Students: Ties Exposed

This January, the Campaign to Stop Funding Hate released a report entitled: Unmistakably Sangh: The National Hindu Students Council and its Hindutva Agenda. The report exposes connections between the Hindu Students Council, a popular American student organization with chapters on many U.S. campuses, and right-wing Hindu extremist organizations in the US and India. Two universities have since taken action in response to the report. Campaign to Stop Funding Hate activist ASHWINI RAO joins us.

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The China Syndrome: What's Driving the Defense Budget

President Bush's recently announced baseline military budget for 2009 is the largest one-year Pentagon request in real dollars since World War II. The budget calls for $515.4 billion—excluding spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But while the administration has said that these monies are needed to sustain the global war on terror, a close examination of the 2009 request shows that the costly weapons sought won't be used to fight insurgent bands or Third World armies. Instead, these weapon systems are designed for all-out combat with a military superpower—in other words, China. Leading defense analyst MICHAEL KLARE helps us break down the budget.

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The Age of Dreaming: A Novel by Nina Revoyr

Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood, but by 1964, he finds himself living in obscurity--until a young writer tracks him down living in L.A. Nakayama's recounting of his rise to stardom opens up memories of sexism, anti-Asian prejudice, and the scandal that led to his retreat from the public eye. This is the setting for NINA REVOYR's historical noir, The Age of Dreaming. Revoyr talks to us and reads from her fascinating new novel.

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