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  • Betraying the 'American Dream'
    Reporters James Steele and Don Barlett argue that government and business policies have betrayed the 'American Dream.' Through studies and stories, they investigate the systemic erosion of America's middle class in their book "The Betrayal of the American Dream."The Daily Circuit, October 14, 2012
  • Book-inspired travel
    Books and travel go hand in hand. Often a book inspires wanderlust or travel inspires us to read something new. What role do books play in your travel plans?The Daily Circuit, October 10, 2012
  • Books: Best of fall, looking ahead to winter
    The fall book season is officially in full swing. With the long winter months ahead for plenty of reading, we want to know: What was the last book you told a friend they have to read?The Daily Circuit, October 10, 2012
  • Talking Volumes: Jeffrey Toobin on 'The Oath'
    We'll air Kerri Miller's conversation with author Jeffrey Toobin from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. His latest book is "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court." This was the second Talking Volumes of the season.The Daily Circuit, September 28, 2012
  • David Quammen on 'Spillover,' the next worldwide pandemic
    David Quammen's new book, 'Spillover,' takes readers around the world in search of the next worldwide pandemic. The latest reports on the emerging new diseases miss a pattern: They are transmitted from wild animals to humans through spillover.The Daily Circuit, September 23, 2012
  • New book recalls 1970 killing of St. Paul police officer
    Author William Swanson has written a new book, "Black, White, Blue," about a night that is arguably fading from the collective memory. It was May 22, 1970, the night a call came into St. Paul police headquarters that there was a woman about to have a baby at 859 Hague Avenue, at the corner of Hague and Victoria.September 21, 2012
  • Book pick: 'The Oath' by Jeffrey Toobin
    Kerri's book Pick of the Week is 'The Oath' by Jeffrey Toobin. Kirkus Reviews calls it "shrewd and elucidating."The Daily Circuit, September 17, 2012
  • Eboo Patel on 'Sacred Ground'
    Eboo Patel, founder of InterFaith Youth Core and a member of President Barack Obama's Faith Council, is out with a new book titled 'Sacred Ground.'The Daily Circuit, September 16, 2012
  • Randy Cohen on the ethics of supporting same-sex marriage
    Should straight couples who support same-sex marriage delay their own marriage to support same-sex couples who can't legally marry? Randy Cohen, the original "Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine, tackled the ethics behind the action.The Daily Circuit, September 11, 2012
  • Brian Castner on 'The Long Walk' to disarm IEDs
    In "The Long Walk," Brian Castner tells the story of his three tours of duty in the Middle East, spending his days disarming improvised explosive devices and collecting those that had already detonated.The Daily Circuit, September 10, 2012
  • David Wessel on 'Red Ink' and the federal budget
    We've heard about America's budget deficit and how politicians plan to get the country's spending in line with revenue. But how can we better understand such a large budget?The Daily Circuit, September 5, 2012
  • Neil Barofsky on 'Bailout'
    In his new book, Neil Barofsky chronicles his time as the man in charge of regulating the use of bailout money by banks. His controversial account sheds a light on the complex ties between federal government and big banks.The Daily Circuit, September 3, 2012
  • Life After Murder: Can prisoners be redeemed?
    Journalist Nancy Mullane went into an assignment to report on the costs of incarceration. Out of her time spent behind bars with prisoners, Mullane has pulled out the stories of five convicted murderers who were sentenced to life without parole in her new book, "Life After Murder."The Daily Circuit, August 30, 2012
  • Which political books should Romney and Obama read?
    As we gear up for the start of political convention season next week, we take a look at the world of political books. What are your favorite political books? What books are more relevant today than ever before?The Daily Circuit, August 21, 2012
  • Ayn Rand's influence on American politics
    After Paul Ryan was named Mitt Romney's running mate, a lot of attention has been paid to his self-declared affinity for Ayn Rand. And it's not just him - a lot of influential American politicians cite Rand as a major influence.The Daily Circuit, August 19, 2012
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