Brand & Martinez for September 21, 2012

Coming up, a new study finds that the least-educated whites in the U.S. are dying sooner. We'll talk with one of the researchers. NASA shuttle Endeavour flies over Los Angeles today before its expected landing at LAX. We'll check in with reporters as it makes its way over the city. And author Susan Straight has created an incredible environment through her trilogy of novels about the fictional city Rio Seco. Her newest novel, called Between Heaven and Here, explores the reactions of the mostly black residents of Rio Seco to the murder of a young prostitute. And we'll talk about the biggest news stories of the week with Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic and James Rainey, political writer for the LA Times.
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