October 15th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, the labor side of illegal immigration, lessons of Aliens in America, Garrison Keillor, and the Syrian nuclear reactor.
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October 15th Show

On today's show for (we sincerely hope) your enjoyment:

We'll talk about the labor side of illegal immigrantion and the impact of immigration raids. New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse talks about his piece entitled "Crackdown Upends Slaughterhouse's Work Force" where he examines why more than a thousand Latino workers fled a hog slaughterhouse in North Carolina a year after police arrested twenty-one illegal immigrants at the plant. Who benefits from these crackdowns? What economic options are illegal immigrants left with? And what happens to the businesses that employed illegal immigrants? At the end of the first hour, author Eboo Patel, Executive Director of the Interfaith Youth Core, talks about the new network sitcom Aliens in America. The show focuses on the dynamic between a Pakistani Muslim exchange student and the Wisconsin-based family who takes him in. Patel will shed light on what this storyline really says about how Americans deal with cultural and religious differences.

In our second hour, we'll talk to Garrison Keillor, host of the popular radio program A Prairie Home Companion. His latest novel, entitled Pontoon, is his fifth in a set of cleverly spun tales of life in the fictionalized town of Lake Wobegon. We'll talk about his radio program, his new novel and how he manages to put the "woe" in Lake Wobegon and make us laugh without shame. Following that David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, provides information about what is reported to be a partially-constructed Syrian nuclear reactor modeled after a North Korean nuclear plant.