November 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, alternative borrowing, Hollywood writer's strike, The Bible, Lyle Lovett.
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November 12th Show

Anthony Brooks is our host for the week, and here is what we are working on today:

Our first-hour show is called "A Better Way to Borrow." Millions of people are finding it more and more difficult to borrow money, for houses, cars and other purchases. But there could be new, better ways to borrow. We'll hear from two guests who will outline more affordable alternatives, including reverse mortgages, person to person banking, and even "Islamic financing," a system that doesn't charge interest. At the end of the hour, Rob Long, a Hollywood writer and producer will talk about "Get Me Rewrite," an article that appeared in last Friday's Wall Street Journal, in which he argues that the current writers' strike may indicate that it's simply time to change the television industry.

In our second hour, we'll talk with author Karen Armstrong. She has written a biography of perhaps the most influential text of all time, the Bible. Armstrong will talk about the history of the Bible, its many interpretations, and she'll delve into the true meaning of some of its Scriptures. The Bible: A Biography is part of "The Books That Changed the World" series. At the end of the second hour, singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett will join us, to talk about his latest CD, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band: It's Not Big, It's Large, and to answer your questions.