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WORDS ON A WIRE: Benjamin Alire Saenz (extended)

Daniel interviews his co-host, Benjamin Alire Saenz, whose latest collection of stories is entitled "Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club."  Ben talks about how he came to write these stories, and why the Kentucky Club, a famous bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, plays a part in each story. 

In this exclusive online extended interview, Ben talks a little more about the Kentucky Club and Juarez, and how they were central to the border culture prior to the recent drug wars in Mexico.

He also talks about some of the stories in the collection and why they often touch upon the subject of addiction.  Ben closes out the interview by reading an excerpt from one of the stories in the collection, "The Hurting Game."

Aired Dec. 30, 2012.