August 11th Show : Blog Of The Nation Today's show: what it's really like on an oil platform, killing The Jewel of Medina, Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes: The Assassins Who Changed History, and remembering Isaac Hayes.
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August 11th Show

Gwen's furiously putting together the right mix of guests and music for our remembrance of Isaac Hayes, so allow me to fill you in on what else we've got coming up on the show today. In our first hour, all about oil -- specifically, rigs, platforms, the Gulf of Mexico, and NIMBY. If you've got a view of a platform or work on one, we want to know what it's really like. And later, on our Opinion Page, a novel that you may never get to read, called The Jewel of Medina. Random House was all set to publish the saucy story about Aisha, the youngest wife of the Prophet Muhammad, but pulled it due to information that the book may not sit well among some Muslims, and the publisher's concern that it could lead to violence from some Islamic radicals. Asra Nomani blames professor Denise Spellberg for raising the concerns that got the novel dropped, Spellberg says she's just one of many who raised concerns. We'll have an excerpt on our website, so tune in and check back for that.

In the second hour, Kris Hollington's new book, Wolves, Jackals, and Foxes: The Assassins Who Changed History. Hollington gathered tons of research, some of it newly available, on assassins and would-be assassins, and discovered commonalities across the world, from motivation to method. Finally, we remember Isaac Hayes. We'll start with Neal's first memory, then take them from our audience and those who knew him.