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Huge Blast Destroys Hotel in Baghdad

A large explosion destroys the Mount Lebanon Hotel in downtown Baghdad, sparking fires, damaging nearby buildings and causing an unknown number of casualties. Rescuers are still pulling bodies from the rubble. Earlier, angry Iraqis pushed back U.S. soldiers trying to help. Hear NPR's Madeleine Brand and Los Angeles Times reporter John Daniszewski in Baghdad.

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Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand is the host of NPR’s newest and fastest-growing daily show, Day to Day. She conducts interviews with newsmakers (Iraqi politicians, US senators), entertainment figures (Bernardo Bertolluci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Gervais), and the everyday people affected by the news (an autoworker laid off at GM, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq).
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