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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Jodi Kantor (The New York Times, The Obamas)

Glenn is joined by Jodi Kantor, author of the hot new book The Obamas. Jodi reports on fault lines within the Obamas’ marriage and stresses the difficulty of moving from Chicago to the White House. She discusses the “angry black woman” controversy surrounding the book’s initial release, and Glenn sympathizes with Michelle Obama’s plight. Jodi and Glenn explore the unusual relationship the Obamas share with Valerie Jarrett. The conversation ends with a review of President Obama’s thin-skinned reaction to some unwelcome advice from Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley.

 

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Recorded:Feb 10    Posted:Feb 27, 2012
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The Glenn Show | Feb 27, 2012 | Glenn Loury & Jodi Kantor

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