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We start with a look at the tenure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who handed in his resignation today, and why he’s stepping down. Then, Madeleine visits the L.A. Auto Show, which occupies the convention center downtown until next Sunday. Actor Alec Baldwin talks about the return of his podcast “Here’s the Thing” to WNYC after a six-month hiatus. And finally, in our weekly TV roundup, what’s on the small screen Thanksgiving weekend besides football?

Banner Image: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) listens as President Barack Obama announces Hagel's resignation at the White House in Washington, November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque 


Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns: What Went Wrong? 11 MIN, 32 SEC

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation today, under what’s widely believed to be major pressure from the White House. We look at how the foreign policy landscape has changed since Hagel was appointed nearly two years ago to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, divisions within the administration’s national security team and what it means for the future of American foreign policy.

Guests:
Steve Clemons, New America Foundation / The Atlantic (@SCClemons)

More:
Clemons: Hagel Deeply Frustrated By Obama Team's Lack Of Discipline

A Trip to the L.A. Auto Show 12 MIN, 17 SEC

L.A. has had a long love affair with automobiles, and has hosted a car show since 1907. This year’s L.A. Auto Show opened over the weekend at the convention center downtown, and is expected to attract nearly a million people before it closes next Sunday. Madeleine visits the expo and gets a tour of the highlights.

Guests:
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine

More:
Los Angeles Auto Show

Alec Baldwin on the Return of “Here’s the Thing” 14 MIN, 57 SEC

Actor Alec Baldwin is re-launching his public radio podcast, Here’s the Thing, after a six-month hiatus. He talks to Madeleine about his brief attempt to take his interview podcast to television, his relationship with New York and how that city compares to L.A. -- and he turns the tables on who’s asking the questions along the way.

Guests:
Alec Baldwin, actor (@ABFalecbaldwin)

More:
Alec Baldwin sits down with Ira Glass to compare notes on interviewing

What To Watch on Thanksgiving 9 MIN, 37 SEC

Football not your thing? Fear not, there are plenty of other small screen options to take in as you digest your Thanksgiving feast this weekend. We talk about the holiday weekend TV schedule in our weekly television roundup, as well as the changing TV pilot system and how it affects what we see and don’t see.

Guests:
Linda Holmes, NPR (@nprmonkeysee)
Andy Greenwald, Grantland (@andygreenwald)

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