September 7th: What's On Today's Show

In our second hour, the authors of Dear Bully share their personal stories about bullying-- as the perpetrator and victim.

In our second hour, the authors of Dear Bully share their personal stories about bullying-- as the perpetrator and victim. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The Political Junkie
Liberal critics of President Barack Obama, argues Jonathan Chait, don't understand a fundamental civic notion: That "Congress is a separate, coequal branch of government consisting of members whose goals may differ from the president's." In a piece in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, Chait refutes liberal critiques of the president and says many of the president's concessions were paired with programs the left actually wanted. Jonathan Chait joins host Neal Conan and political junkie Ken Rudin to discuss his piece "What the Left Doesn't Understand About Obama." The two will also recap the week in politics from Sarah Palin's Iowa event over the weekend, to the dueling jobs proposals to Wednesday night's GOP debate.

Syrian Ambassador
Activists say at least 9 people were killed today by security forces in the Syrian city Homs, which has been a center of anti-government sentiment and protests since the uprising against President Bashir al-Assad began. More than 2,200 people have died in the past 6 months, according to U.N. reports. Last month The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials are accusing the Syrian government of making threats against dissidents on American soil. Imad Moustapha, the Syrian Ambassador to the United States, has denied these allegations and continues to show support for the Assad regime. Host Neal Conan talks with Ambassador Moustapha and NPR's Michele Kelemen about the crackdown in Syria.

'Dear Bully'
Years after being tormented and called fat and lazy, Lara Zeises found her bully on Facebook, sent him a nasty message, and was stunned to learn that he didn't remember. "Kids are mean." she wrote, "Kids are cruel. But the sad truth is, I was my own worst bully." In a new book, authors Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall compile a collection of personal stories, taunts, teases and tears. Neal Conan talks with Jones, co-editor of Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories, and Eric Luper, and Carolyn Mackler, two of the authors who contributed stories to the book.

Remembering Keith Tantlinger
In the 1950s, Keith Tantlinger built a better box and forever changed the way global business operates. His invention — a new take on the shipping container — made it easier to send and store computers, cars, lumber, meats and any number of other products shipped around the world. Tantlinger is often credited as a catalyst for globalization. He died on August 27th, 2011, at the age of 92. Host Neal Conan speaks with author Marc Levinson about Tantlinger's life and legacy. Levinson wrote the book, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger.

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