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Rolling Stone's Will Hermes on Jeff Mangum, his 2011 faves

12/01/11 01:50PM

 After his interview on today's show, I had the chance to talk with author and Rolling Stone senior critic Will Hermes. Hermes graciously answered some questions I had about a recent essay he'd written on the enigmatic (and until recently, semi-reclusive) singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum and Mangum's legacy as a musician.Hermes also kindly shared with me some of his favorite records for 2011.Give it a watch if you have a second.ThanksP.S. Please excuse the interruption at the midpoint of the interview. Seems as if someone badly needed to return the green room's TV remote to its proper place. read more

Must Read Op-Eds for Thursday, December 1, 2011

12/01/11 09:58AM

THE MITT ROMNEY PARDON  BY GAIL COLLINSNEW YORK TIMESRomney hasn’t done a Sunday talk show since “The Hurt Locker” beat “Avatar” for best picture. He is generally kept so far away from one-on-one interviews that he might as well be wrapped in cellophane. ... Never have we had a more uptight potential president. This is all because he’s a big, huge, bundle...of contradictory positions whose history he cannot possibly justify without standing up and screaming: Look, I’m running for office! I have to make things up! It’s time to free Mitt from his demons. read more

Morning Headlines: Thursday, Dec. 1st

12/01/11 05:53AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Banks act, stocks surge and skeptics see a pattern85-mph winds, fire danger forecast for LAKanye earns 7 Grammy nods, beating out AdeleNYC recommends AIDS drugs for any person with HIVMitt Romney preps Newt Gingrich attackCain: Final decision on 2012 run will come 'a week from now'Clinton challenges Myanmar to expand its reformsEgypt's Christians prepare for new political climateGingrich: I'm not a lobbyist, just a citizen read more