This week’s show features a lively debate with author David Shields about his new book War Is Beautiful: A Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict, an excerpt from Colin Marshall’s interview with novelist Jonathan Lethem about whether his adopted town of Claremont, California, would make for a good setting in an upcoming novel, and an interview with author and journalist Sam Quinones about his new book Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.

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Featuring Tom Lutz, Laurie Winer, and Seth Greenland. Produced by Jerry Gorin.