November 16th Show : Blog Of The Nation Today's Talk: What we should take from Fort Hood, gauging success in Iraq by examining Samarra, Byron Pitts, and Kevin Baker on his graphic novel, Luna Park.
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November 16th Show

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What's The Meaning Of Fort Hood?
In the aftermath of acts of violence that appear to defy reason, we search for meaning, and ask if the tragedy can present an opportunity for deeper understanding. Neal Conan will discuss the recent Fort Hood shootings with NPR's Danny Zwerdling, as well as opinion writers Victor Davis Hanson and Asra Nomani, and ask what we should take away from the Fort Hood tragedy.

Looking For Answers In Samarra
The Washington Post's Baghdad Bureau chief, Ernesto Londono, asks about Iraq: Was it worth it? He goes looking for answers north of Baghdad, in the city of Samarra. While that city appears to be a surge success story, it remains deeply divided along Sunni and Shia lines.

'60 Minutes' Correspondent Byron Pitts
When Byron Pitts was twelve years old, a therapist revealed to his mother that he was functionally illiterate. Now the award-winning broadcaster has written a memoir about his journey from illiteracy and a debilitating stutter to CBS news correspondent. Neal Conan talks to Byron Pitts about his book, Step Out On Nothing.

Luna Park
Novelist Kevin Baker's newest book is a graphic novel — Luna Park. With art by Danieel Zezelja, the book is set in the decaying amusement parks of Coney Island, and profiles a Russian immigrant plagued by nightmares of the Chechen war.