October 8th Show

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Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, takes your calls in today's frist hour. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Pakistan's former president, Pervez Musharraf, takes your calls in today's frist hour.

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Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf
For nearly a decade, President Pervez Musharraf ruled Pakistan through tumultuous times. And while Pakistan has had a sometimes difficult alliance with the U.S., the country may be the single most important ally to the U.S. in the war on terror. President Musharraf joins NPR senior news analyst Ted Koppel for a look its relationship with the U.S., nuclear weapons, al-Qaida, the rise of the Pakistani Taliban and its growing tensions with India.

Michael Pollan And The Farming Food Fight
Michael Pollan has authored many books in defense of fresh, locally grown foods. Pollan has also characterized modern agriculture as a "monoculture" — farmers selling the same products to the same marketers. Many farmers argue that his vision is great in theory, but it's just not practical for real world farmers, or real world eaters. Farmers, where are you in the farming food fight? Do you consider these ideas practical for you?

How Secure Is Your Password Really?
Victims of computer hacking often wonder: How the heck did the hacker manage to get into my personal accounts? Well, Farhad Manjoo says it's all in the password. Do you use the same password for every online site you visit? If you answered yes, you're not very secure. Do you change your password often? If you answered no, you're an easy target, too. Manjoo offers his foolproof techniques on creating a unique password to keep your accounts protected. You can find his article, Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in Five Minutes, on Slate.com.

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