The Madeleine Brand Show for October 20, 2010

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What to Expect in November

With less than two weeks to go until national elections, Jessica Taylor from Politico joins us to give us a sense of what to expect.
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Anita Hill responds to Clarence Thomas' wife

Anita Hill received a strange phone call recently. It was Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife, Virginia, on Hill's voice-mail. Virginia Thomas reportedly asked Hill to consider apologizing and to explain why she “did what she did with her husband”.
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Humboldt County Prepares for Passage of Prop. 19

Judy Muller, reporter for KCET’s SoCal Connected, previews her story on Humboldt County, and how it’s preparing for the passage of Proposition 19, the measure that would legalize recreational marijuana use in California.
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Protests in France: worth all the trouble?

France is in the grips of another day of protests. Demonstrators have blocked airports, shut down schools and kept fuel from getting to gas stations. All to stop the French parliament from passing a law that would among other things, raise the age of retirement from 60 to 62. Two years. Is it really worth all the trouble?
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Could Bad Mortgages Mean B of A Goes Bust?

The latest aftershock from the housing meltdown threatens one of the nation’s largest financial institutions. In early 2008, Bank of America bought Countrywide, then the nation’s largest home loan company. Countrywide had been devastated by risky loan writing practices, and B of A essentially bought it at fire sale prices.
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Is the word "Taliban" still relevant?

According to a report in the New York Times, NATO troops are helping high level Taliban members get to these meetings safely. Brian Fishman is a Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank. He's co written a paper in Foreign Policy Magazine this month which says that the term, "Taliban" has become meaningless.
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Comments & corrections

Time for some listener comments, and some corrections. Steve Proffitt is here to talk about his story on third party candidates that aired on Monday. He will also correct a couple mistakes that NPR librarian Kee Malesky made. She was on the show on Tuesday.
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