It's early in this election year, but the combative political climate is heating up fast. We'll try to let you know what's available audio-wise from the professing pundits. Award-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman reads selections from The Great Unraveling: Losing Our Way in the New Century (HarperAudio, $25.95, 6 hours unabridged, cassette, ISBN 0060581778), his informed, fascinating chronicle of "economic disappointments, bad leadership and the lies of the powerful." Noam Chomsky, both venerated and vilified, is "arguably the most important intellectual alive," according to the New York Times. His latest, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (Audio Renaissance, $34.95, 7 hours unabridged, CD, ISBN 1559279419), challenges the "grand imperial strategy" of the Bush administration and explores how it may imperil our future. Agree or not, there's much to ponder here.

Arianna Huffington didn't win the gubernatorial race in California, but that's not going to stop her from speaking out in her signature savvy style. And she does just that in Pigs at the Trough her frank, funny take on corporate greed and political corruption.

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