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Are you one of nearly 9 million self-employed Americans? Are you a freelancer and find your own clients? Or do you have a full or part-time job to pay the bills, and a gig you love on the side? Sara Horowitz is the founder of the Freelancers Union, which has 170,000 members nationwide, from writers to web designers to nannies. She joins us to discuss her new book, "The Freelancer's Bible," the pros and cons of life as an independent worker and tips for success in today's economy.
Al Jazeera has bought San Francisco-based Current TV for $500 million. Owned by the government of Qatar, Al Jazeera hopes to expand its U.S. audience. The deal could potentially give the news network access to 50 million new homes. We discuss the history, ambitions and future of Al Jazeera and its potential impact on journalism in the U.S. The network has won many prestigious journalism awards, but some critics say it has an anti-American bias.
Charles Phan fled Vietnam with his family during the fall of Saigon when he was just a boy. But he didn't leave behind his love of Vietnamese cuisine. The award-winning chef and owner of The Slanted Door restaurant joins us to talk about his new book, "Vietnamese Home Cooking." He also shares secrets of creating high-end ethnic cuisine, and how he stays true to his roots in the kitchen.
Thousands of people have been taking to the streets in India to protest the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of a 23-year-old woman. The attack has highlighted conditions for Indian women, many of whom complain that rampant sexual harassment and even rape often go unpunished. We talk with a panel of local Indian-American women about the incident.
On Sunday, President Obama signed a five-year extension of a 2008 law that governs warrantless wiretapping. We discuss what the law authorizes the government to do, and the tug-and-pull over what information intelligence officials say must be kept secret.
Late Tuesday evening the House passed a deal to prevent automatic federal spending cuts and tax increases, avoiding the infamous "fiscal cliff." We'll look at what was in the deal and how it may set up future political battles over how America spends its money. And, we'll get insights on what the deal teaches us about about the art of negotiation.
In April, Brooklyn-based poet and author Tracy K. Smith received the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her book "Life on Mars," a collection of poems that touches on childhood, the universe and the loss of her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble telescope. Smith joins us to discuss the award, her writings and why she looked to outer space to gain perspectives on issues closer to home.
In his collection of essays "What Light Can Do," Robert Hass offers insights and ruminations on a diverse range of subjects. The former U.S. poet laureate draws on his vast literary knowledge in essays that examine artistic works, the relationship between literature and religion and the backstory of a UC Berkeley protest. He joins us to discuss his essays and career.
We talk with writer Nathan Englander about his acclaimed new collection of short stories, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank."
When author Sandra Cisneros lost her mother, she says she felt alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." That loneliness is central to Cisneros' latest book "Have You Seen Marie?" a colorful fable about the search for a lost cat, illustrated by Ester Hernandez. The author of "The House on Mango Street" joins us to talk about storytelling, Chicano art and what it takes to overcome the loss of someone beloved.
The number of Americans who say they don't identify with any religion is on the rise. Still, polls show that many of those unaffiliated people consider themselves spiritual in some way. On New Years Eve, we talk with Bay Area spiritual leaders about finding meaning and purpose and life. And we want to hear from you: Do you have spiritual goals or aspirations for 2013?
As 2012 comes to close, politicians in Washington are still wrangling over a deal to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts which make up the "fiscal cliff." We check in Monday with experts to discuss the latest political and economic developments.