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Friday, October 17 – Friday, October 24

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Sen. Rand Paul

Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Harry Shearer

Naomi Klein

Craig Collins

Nicholas Kristof

George Johnson

Father James Martin

Veronica Hauad

Carson Tate

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) made headlines when he denounced the militarized response to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Last week, Senator Paul went to Ferguson to meet with community leaders. He joins us to discuss his visit.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Nicholas Kristof of “The New York Times” shows the power of individual altruism in “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity”. He joins us to discuss the new book and his recent series of “Times” columns under the provocative headline, “When Whites Just Don’t Get It”.

Stereotypes surrounding people of color to the contrary, the majority of Americans living in poverty are white. Leonard Pitts, Jr., a columnist for the “Miami Herald”, traveled to a largely white area in Appalachia where people have been trapped in poverty for generations. He joins us to discuss his article, “White Poverty Exists, Ignored”.

Sports commentator George Johnson comments on the Dallas Cowboys’ response to the arrest of running back Joseph Randle for shoplifting.

Harry Shearer is best known for voicing more than 180 characters for “The Simpsons”. Now he’s turned his talents to impersonating Richard Nixon in a new web series, “Nixon’s the One”, which recreates scenes based on actual White House recordings.

Catholic bishops released a preliminary report calling for a more accepting attitude towards gays, unmarried couples, and divorced parishioners.  Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of the national Catholic magazine “America”, offers his assessment.

Journalist Naomi Klein discusses her book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”, which argues that our economic system is spawning a catastrophe.

The University of Chicago recently announced a new initiative called No Barriers that focuses on recruiting low-income students. Veronica Hauad, senior associate director of admissions at the University, has details.

Craig Collins grew up around people who revered guns. His own attitudes changed after he accidentally shot himself when he was 13. He looks at America’s love affair with weapons in his new book, “Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture”.

In this week’s “Five Things You Should Know About… ” segment, Carson Tate, founder of the management consulting firm Working Simply, shares tips on increasing your productivity.