"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
Russia is the acknowledged world leader in long-term space flight, with first the Soviet Salyut and then the Mir space stations setting longevity records. But Russia’s limited resources and its now-flagging space program are impeding the construction of the International Space Station. A panel talks about the project’s political and scientific goals.
- Col. Robert Cabana NASA astronaut and manager in the International Space Station program
- James Oberg former NASA engineer and 22-year veteran of the Space Shuttle program
- John Pike GlobalSecurity.org
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