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Mexican Election, Novelist G. Willow Wilson, And Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons

Steve Scher
07/06/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Mexico Elections Update: Enrique Pena Nieto is set to become the next president of Mexico. He widened his lead over challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador following a recount. During the election, the candidates avoided focusing specifically on the drug war policies of previous presidents Calderon and Fox, but voters didn't. Polls show that dissatisfaction with the costs and chaos of the war drove their choices. We'll check in with Reuters journalist Ioan Grillo about Pena Nieto's promise to hold the line against the country's cartels.

Novelist G. Willow Wilson: In G. Willow Wilson's "Alif the Unseen," a young hacker fights an electronic resistance against an autocratic regime in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. The novel, Wilson's first, blends ideas of mysticism and spirituality with the technological revolution that set the Arab Spring in motion. G. Willow Wilson is an author and graphic novelist based part–time in Seattle. She's written about modern religion and the Middle East for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. "The Butterfly Mosque," her memoir about her conversion to Islam, was named 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Seattle Times.

Comedian Greg Fitzsimmons: You've seen Greg Fitzsimmons in his regular appearances on "Late Show With David Letterman," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "The Howard Stern Show." He's written for television for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and HBO's "Lucky Louie." You can see him tonight and tomorrow at Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue.

Weekend Weather Forecast: Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.

Related Event

G. Willow Wilson reads Friday at Elliott Bay Book Company at 7:00 p.m. Greg Fitzsimmons performs at the Bellevue's Parlor Live Comedy Club Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available at


Ioan Grillo is a Mexico–based journalist covering drugs and crime for Reuters.

G. Willow Wilson is an author and graphic novelist based part time in Seattle.

Greg Fitzsimmons is a stand–up comic, writer and producer. His podcast, Fitzdog Radio, is available on iTunes.

Nick Bond is the Washington State Climatologist. He works at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean.

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