Today’s show will open with analysis of the L.A. mayoral election results — and the future of Antonio Villaraigosa and the Latino-labor coalition — with HAROLD MEYERSON — he writes for the LA Weekly, the American Prospect, and the Washington Post op-ed page.

Also: The failures of the CIA: Melissa Boyle Mahle was a CIA covert operative in the Middle East from 1988 to 2002, one of a handful of women agents who spoke Arabic, and the top-ranked female Arabist in the agency. Her book is Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran–Contra on 9/11. She will tallk about how the CIA failed to anticipate 9/11.

Plus: Wall Street and America: Republicans want to convince people that privatizing Social Security with “personal investment accounts” will provide an easy route to wealth. Other voices warn about the political corruption, financial maniuplation and investment fraud perpetrated by Wall Street. STEVE FRASER will explain. His new book is Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life.

WEB EXTRA: “Fascinating” — that’s now the Guardian (London) described Jon Wiener’s new book Historians in Trouble — Find out why:
Listen to Jon Wiener on Historians in Trouble — interviewed on Radio Nation by Marc Cooper.