This Weekend (January 3-4)

 

HOUR ONE

According to a recent Gallup poll, four out of ten Americans say they dislike Muslims -- but those Americans might not know just how much influence Arabic culture has had on our language, art, architecture and music. Journalist JONATHAN CURIEL explains how everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson to The Doors were influenced by Muslims. Curiel's book is titled Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots.

Newsweek editor JON MEACHAM discusses his latest book which chronicles the life of Andrew Jackson. American Lion sheds light on the myth surrounding America's seventh President and examines Jackson's personal struggles and political philosophies. Meacham's latest book is titled American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.

 

HOUR TWO

Every day, we all create a digital trail of information that forms a picture of who we are, what we buy and where we go. Data mining is nothing new, but now companies and governments can use math and statistics to quickly compare and compile all that data and use it to their advantage. Bob talks with journalist and author STEPHEN BAKER about The Numerati -- the statisticians who translate that raw data into highly targeted ads for consumers and voters.

Bob visits with cowboy poet, rancher and environmentalist WALLY MCRAE at his ranch outside of Colstrip (KOHL-strip), Montana. McRae's family has been raising cattle near Little Big Horn for four generations and McRae is also a founding member of the Northern Plains Research Council, an advocacy group whose work led to the passage of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977. McRae was also the first Montanan and the first cowboy poet to receive a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship.