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June 9th Show

I don't think we can let another day go by without talking about these unbelieveable gas prices. And actually, it seems the price of oil is just the tip of the iceberg of a struggling economy. Oil and gas are up, stock prices and the dollar are down. What's going on? Tell us your concerns, ask your questions, and share how you are coping in the current economy in our first hour today. At the end of the hour, Los Angeles Times automotive critic Dan Neil explains why the best advice to follow when planning an exotic vacation to an endangered locale... is to UNPACK.

Author Ta-Nehisi Coates grew up on the city streets of West Baltimore. In our second hour, Coates will talk about his new memoir entitled The Beautiful Struggle, in which he writes about the challenge of escaping the temptations of the streets and explains two very different kinds of knowledge — the language of the street corner, and the political consciousness taught to him by his father. At the end of the hour, we'll check in with residents in the midwest who were hit by strong storms that caused major flooding in some areas.