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August 11th Show

In our first hour, flight attendants talk about the demands of their job in the often less-than-friendly skies. AP hide caption

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In our first hour, flight attendants talk about the demands of their job in the often less-than-friendly skies.


The Political Junkie
Michael Bennet wins the Colorado senate primary, Linda McMahon and Richard Blumenthal will face off for governor in Connecticut,  and House representatives Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters are charged with ethics violations.  Guest political junkie  Ron Elving runs down the week's political news and remembers the legacy of former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

Flight Attendants Speak Out!
The dramatic exit is all over the news: Jet Blue fight attendant, Steven Slater, quit his job in a fit of anger after being hit on the head by an allegedly rude passenger's luggage. A heated confrontation with the passenger followed and profanities were exchanged on the plane's intercom. Then, Slater grabbed two beers and slid down the plane's emergency chute straight into infamy. He was arrested, released, and now faces criminal charges. Slater says the incident resonated with people, especially those flight attendants who deal with the rough world of customer service in the less-than-friendly skies. Host Neal Conan takes calls from flight attendants about the exhaustive demands of the job.

"A World Without Islam"
The debate over the proposed mosque near Ground Zero is only the latest reminder of many American's ambivalence about Islam. But in a new book, former CIA official and historian Graham Fuller argues that the West's fraught relationship with the Middle East is not about religion at all, and actually predates the spread of Islam throughout the world. Fuller explains how even if Islam had never existed, the relationship between the United States and the Middle East would look pretty much as it does today. Fuller's book is entitled, A World Without Islam.

Legendary Paparazzo Ron Galella
Jackie Onassis sued him. Marlon Brando broke his jaw. To the celebrities he hunted down, celebrity paparazzo Ron Galella was the enemy. But he created some of the most memorable, iconic photographs of the modern era. A new HBO documentary, Smash His Camera, chronicles his career as "the Godfather of the U.S. paparazzi culture," and the relationship between celebrities and those who document their lives. Galella talks about his career and the delicate balance between privacy and freedom of the press over the past 30 years.