- Pessimism over the war in Afghanistan
U.S. intelligence says success is unlikely in the nine-year long war in Afghanistan without help from Pakistan, which could be a serious obstacle. The White House releases a report Friday that may put a timeline on an exit strategy.9:06 a.m.
Caroline Wadhams: Director for South Asia Security Studies at the Center for American Progress.
Col. Peter Mansoor: Chair of Military History at Ohio State University and author of "Baghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's War in Iraq."
- Accolades for Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. Midmorning asks how Facebook has changed the way we live and what it holds for the future.9:45 a.m.
Douglas Rushkoff: Teaches media studies at NYU and the New School University, and serves as technology columnist for The Daily Beast. His new book is called "Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age."
- Opera for a modern audience
The incoming director of the Minnesota Opera is an accomplished musician in his own right, with compositions performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. He joins Midmorning to talk about the challenge of bringing opera to 21st century audiences.10:06 a.m.
Allan Naplan: General director of the Madison Opera. He become president of the Minnesota Opera in March.
- Critic's comments about dancer's weight stir debate
A New York Times ballet critic caused an uproar recently when he criticized a ballerina performing in "The Nutcracker" for being overweight. Did his criticism cross the line?10:45 a.m.
Camille Lefevre: Arts journalist and dance critic.
James Sewell: Artistic director of the James Sewell Ballet.
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