March 31st Show : Blog Of The Nation On today's show, Sadr. Maliki, literary standards in romance, Dalai Lama and Tibet, Earth Hour.
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March 31st Show

At the top of the show, we will talk about what is happening in Iraq a day after Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr ordered his militiamen to put down their weapons. This comes after ongoing violence between Shiite militas and Iraqi and U.S. forces. We'll talk about what happened and what it means for the future of Iraq. Following that, we'll talk to writer Rachel Donadio about her essay that appeared in the New York Times last weekend entitled, It's Not You, It's Your Books. In it, she describes how similar tastes in literature could indicate romantic compatibility and a missed literary reference "makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast". So tell us... Do you have a literary standard that could make or break a budding relationship?

In our second hour, we will talk with journalist Pico Iyer about violence and anti-Chinese protests in Tibet. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet, but he is also the head of the Tibetan government and has been blamed for the unrest by the Chinese government. Iyer will talk about his conversations with the current Dalai Lama over the past 34 years, and his new book, Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. At the end of the hour, we'll talk to you about what you were doing this past Saturday evening when the world went dark for a full hour. Were you a participant in "Earth Hour"? (Did you even notice?)