November 4th show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour on Talk of the Nation, Yemen and the cargo bomb plot, and comedian Lewis Black.  In our second hour, "The Evolution of a Crazy Artist", and Giants win the World Series.
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November 4th show

In our second hour, Neal Conan talks to Sophie Crumb and her father, R. Crumb, about her book, The Evolution of a Crazy Artist. Sophie Crumb hide caption

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In our second hour, Neal Conan talks to Sophie Crumb and her father, R. Crumb, about her book, The Evolution of a Crazy Artist.

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Foiled Yemen Terror Plot
Investigators still don't know who sent the two mail bombs shipped from Yemen to the U.S.  Both were intercepted.  No group has claimed responsibility, but Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the plot had "all the hallmarks of al-Qaida and in particular, al-Qaida AP" — or al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a terrorist group based in Yemen.  The group formed in 2009 and has since targeted government and Western interests both in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. U.S. drones have attacked suspected al-Qaida positions in Yemen, and it is believed the country is host to a growing number of militant cells. Some of the men in AQAP are former detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. NPR's counter-terrorism correspondent Dina Temple-Raston and Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen talk about the men and women behind the bomb plot in Yemen.

Lewis Black
Comedian Lewis Black didn't believe it when the U.S.O. asked him to join a Christmas tour to entertain U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He compares the 2007 experience to a "six-day LSD trip" and writes in a new book that it changed his life — if not his views of Christmas.  Lewis Black joins host Neal Conan for a conversation about his work with the U.S.O. and his new book, I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas.

The Evolution of a Crazy Artist
Sophie Crumb grew up in a family of artists: her parents are two of the most famous graphic artists in world. So it's only natural that she found herself gravitating toward their profession as early as two years old.  Her new book is a collection of her work from age two to age twenty-eight. Host Neal Conan talks to her, and her father, R. Crumb, about her life and her book, The Evolution of a Crazy Artist.

A Giants World Series
Few fans were more excited about the San Francisco Giants' World Series title than Jon Miller. But he couldn't show it. Miller is the Giants' local radio play-by-play man, but come October he moonlights for ESPN Radio's national broadcast of the World Series. Neal Conan talks to Miller about the Giants' historic win and how he kept his loyalties in check during the Fall Classic.