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Tom Ridge served as the country's first head of Homeland Security. He takes your calls in today's first hour.

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Talk To Tom Ridge
Tom Ridge served as the United States' first head of Homeland Security after September 11, 2001. He unveiled the color coded threat level system in 2002. In his new memoir, he wonders if officials tried to manipulate that system in the days before the 2004 election. He talks about his new book, The Test of Our Times: America Under Seige and How We Can Be Safe Again and answers your question about homeland security.

The Real Inglourious Basterd
Inglourious Basterds is out in theaters. It's a Quentin Tarantion movie about a group of Jewish-American soldiers (known as "The Basterds") who were chosen to assassinate Nazi Germans during World War II. Kim Masters, host of the public radio show "The Business", writes in The Daily Beast that her father really was part of a secret unit that took down leaders of the Third Reich. Masters tells her father's story, and why his real life actually plays out much more dramatically than the film's depiction.

On The Fire's Front Lines
Fires continue to blaze in California, and a select group of firefighters are all that stand between the intense flames burning in forests near Los Angeles, and some 12,000 homes. We begin our series on "a day in the life" of various professions, and talk to firefighters about what it's like to contain a massive fire.

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"The Aeneid. 2 stars. Whine, whine, whine!"
Who hasn't gone to amazon.com and scrolled down to the reviews to see if a particular item is worth buying? Author and satirist Joe Queenan pondered the world of classic literature and wonders what reviewers would've said about Shakespeare or Homer if the internet existed centuries ago. He, of course, has some ideas. What do you think? (The Odyssey....one star. Waaaay too long.)