The Pentagon's budget has doubled since 9/11 and now a growing number of Republicans are joining the calls for cuts. Several newly elected conservatives say the budget deficit is so large that they're open to slashing even the Defense department budget to reduce the debt. Guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with NPR national security correspondent Tom Gjelten and two conservatives with differing views: Dov Zakheim served as Undersecretary of Defense and Comptroller from 2001-2004 and supports the Pentagon budget. Kori Schake worked on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush and argues it's time to trim the fat.
Opinion Page: "One and Done"
The Democrats' overwhelming defeat in the midterm elections leaves President Obama with difficult choices on what to do next. Douglas Schoen and Patrick Caddell offered a piece of advice in this weekend's Washington Post. To be most effective, the argue, the president should drop out of the 2012 race. "If the president goes down the reelection road," they wrote, "we are guaranteed two years of political gridlock at a time when we can ill afford it." On today's opinion page, guest host Jennifer Ludden talks with political commentator Patrick Caddell, former pollster and senior adviser to President Jimmy Carter, about the op-ed he co-wrote, "One & Done."
Literature of Exile
Being forced to leave one's homeland can leave one with a sense of loss, or feeling adrift in an unfamiliar place. But for many writers, exile can also be a source of creativity — and writing itself can be a way to reconnect with a life that can seem increasingly distant. Azar Nafisi, author of "Reading Lolita In Tehran" and Zimbabwean novelist and poet Chenjarai Hove explore creating literature in exile. Plus, Haitian American author Edwidge Danticat discusses being an artist from afar, when your country is in crisis.
Top Words of 2010
How will 2010 be remembered? As the year of the "spillcam," "vuvuzela" and "man up," among other terms. The Global Language Monitor released it's list of the top words and phrases of the year. The Democrats' "shellacking" made the list, so did Lady Gaga and the cast of The Jersey Shore. Paul Payack, of the The Global Language Monitor, talks about the Top Words, Phrases, and Names of 2010.