October 19th Show

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Many columnists and historians have analogized the current war in Afghanistan to the conflict in Vietnam. Is it a fair comparison? MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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helicopter in Afghanistan.

Many columnists and historians have analogized the current war in Afghanistan to the conflict in Vietnam. Is it a fair comparison?

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Is Afghanistan Vietnam?
Comparisons are being drawn between the war in Afghanistan and the Vietnam war—a call for more troops, fading public support, a new strategy review. President Obama says Afghanistan is not Vietnam, but some are arguing that we're facing a "Vietnam moment" there. Is Afghanistan like Vietnam? We'll ask authors Steve Coll and Neil Sheehan about the parallels between the two wars, and the way forward in Afghanistan.

Opinion Page with Cynthia Tucker
Last week, the Social Security Administration announced that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment to payments for seniors this year. However, President Obama has proposed a boost of $250 for every Social Security recipient. In an article written for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, columnist Cynthia Tucker says the President is just trying to "to placate cranky seniors." Her op-ed is entitled, the "Greatest generation becomes greediest generation"

Women and the Workplace
Time magazine is featuring a report on the state of the American woman. Nancy Gibbs, the magazine's editor-at-large, and New York Times columnist Gail Collins examine how women have changed the workplace and how employers have—and haven't—adapted.

50 Great (Singing) Voices
NPR has launched a new project that lists the fifty greatest singers of our time. Oliver Wang, a musician and pop music and cultural expert, tells us who made his list. Billie Holiday, Fela Kuti, Frank Sinatra? What great singer moves you the most?

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