"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.”
An ousted USDA official is offered her job back. Fed Chair Bernanke says the economic outlook remains “unusually uncertain.” And the administration turns its attention to the struggling housing market. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week’s top national news stories.
- David Welna congressional correspondent, NPR.
- Jeanne Cummings Politico's assistant managing editor in charge of Enterprise.
- Doyle McManus columnist, Los Angeles Times.
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The panelists discuss the USDA’s firing of employee Shirley Sherrod over a video posting by blogger Andrew Breitbart that took Ms. Sherrod’s remarks out of context, including the media’s role. David Welna noted the Obama administration’s apology to Ms. Sherrod and subsequent job offer for a new USDA position dealing with improving race relations, and Diane highlighted Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson’s take on the incident:
The Diane Rehm Show (Friday News Roundup): The panelists discuss the possible appointment of Congressional Oversight Panel Chair Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Protection Agency:
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