November 11th show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour of Talk of the Nation, some employers limit what you can say and do, and 'The Last Patrol'.  In our second hour Lynda Barry on her graphic memoir, Picture This, and Gabrielle Anwar of Burn Notice.
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November 11th show

Co-host Keith Olbermann of 'Sunday Night Football' speaks during the NBC Universal portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 21, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Co-host Keith Olbermann of 'Sunday Night Football' speaks during the NBC Universal portion of the Television Critics Association Press Tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel on July 21, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

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You Can't Do That!!
Keith Olbermann was suspended for donating money to political campaigns. A New Jersey transit employee was fired for burning a Koran. Last week the National Labor Relations Board sided with a woman who was fired for complaining about her boss ... on Facebook.  The recent spate of firings and punishments has many workers wondering: What can I say and do, where can I say it, and can I get fired for it? New York Times labor correspondent Steven Greenhouse explains the ramifications of the Facebook case. And employment attorney Lily Garcia talks about how employers can and can not limit what their workers say and do.

'The Last Patrol'
After a long tour in Afghanistan, the men of the Second Platoon of Charlie Company had seen nearly half of their soldiers killed or wounded in intense fighting. They were ready to go home. But the reinforcements sent to replace them weren't prepared for the close-range, brutal combat they encountered. Brian Mockenhaupt, a former infantryman in Iraq, spent two weeks embedded with the troops — this time reporting the joint mission with the untried artillery unit. On Veterans Day, Neal Conan talks with Mockenhaupt about the story he wrote in The Atlantic about the platoon's last patrol in the area they call "The Devil's Playground".

Lynda Barry, "Picture This"
Most people, at some point, get a case of writer's block. Author Lynda Barry believes the key to unblocking your thoughts is right in your hands. In her latest graphic-memoir, Picture This, she writes, (or rather paints with a very fine brush),"The worst thing I can do when I'm stuck is to start thinking and stop moving my hands."  Using a combination of collage, water color and memories, she creates a book that tackles the questions: "Why do we stop drawing?" and "Why do we start?" Host Neal Conan talks with Barry about her new book, her creative process, and the importance of drawing.

Gabrielle Anwar from 'Burn Notice'
The trials and triumphs of Michael Westen and his buddies return to television Thursday night with new episodes of Burn Notice, the tale of a spy who was fired or "burned" by his intelligence agency. Jeffrey Donovan plays Michael Westen, and Gabrielle Anwar plays his ex-girlfriend Fiona Glenanne, a former IRA operative.  Anwar is known for her turn in the movie Scent of a Woman.  Anwar joins host Neal Conan to talk about her career and her Burn Notice character's reputation for "blowing things up."