November 12th Show

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Big Bird In New York.

Big Bird and friends pose next to a temporary street sign in New York.

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Gay Rights In The U.S.
Salt Lake City has unanimously passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment and housing, and a measure legalizing same-sex marriage is moving forward in Washington, D.C. But last week, Maine became the latest state to block gay marriage in a referendum. Neal Conan speaks to the first — and only — openly gay Episcopal bishop, New Hampshire's Gene Robinson, about the state of gay rights in America.

Africa Calling
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR's West Africa Correspondent, joins Neal Conan in studio for a round up of news from Africa, including the stories that she doesn't always get a chance to cover. She'll also share a little music from one of her favorites, Miriam Makeba.

'Fly By Wire'
Last January, after his plane lost both engines, pilot Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger glided the plane to a safe landing in the Hudson River. He was hailed as a hero. In his new book Fly by Wire, writer and former pilot William Langewiesche argues that it was the engineering of the plane, not just Sullenberger's skill, that made the so-called "miracle on the Hudson" possible.

'Sesame Street' Subversive?
Sesame Street has been enthralling and educating kids for forty years. But it's also had its share of controversy. We'll look back on Sesame Street's subversive history — from Grover's civil disobedience, to Elmo's bad grammar.

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