When a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden last year, the journalist Mark Bowden says it was the final chapter in a long and significant story. That story began soon after 9/11, when America went to war with evasive and opportunistic enemies and had to develop innovative fighting tactics. Bowden's latest book chronicles the decade of intelligence gathering, mission planning and strategies that finally led to "The Finish." Tuesday, he joins Doug to talk about what he learned.
On Wednesday, November 14, we're screening BIDDER 70 as part of our Through the Lens documentary series. It's about the environmental activist Tim DeChristopher who made several bogus bids on a controversial land lease auction. The film gets at this question: how far would you go for your principles?
Wednesday, we're taking a look at the results of the 2012 elections. Among our guests are Quin Monson of BYU's Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and Salt Lake Tribune government reporter Robert Gehrke. We'll break down some of the principal state races and ask what role Utah and the "Mormon factor" played on the national stage.
Election Day is Tuesday and the most recent Washington Post poll shows President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in a dead heat among likely voters. But it's not the popular vote that decides the presidency; it's the Electoral College. So what happens if Romney wins the popular vote but Obama wins the electoral vote? What if there's a tie? Monday, we're talking about the Electoral College: its origins, its relevance in a modern democracy and what happens if there are ambiguous results this time around.