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Secretary-Nominee Gates Has Critics and Fans

Once recognized as the preeminent intelligence expert on the Soviet Union, in 1991 Robert Gates saw many friends and subordinates testify against his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Many of them argued that Gates "cooked the books" when assessing the Soviet threat. But Gates is also highly regarded by others as a capable technocrat who gets the job done and doesn't play politics.

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Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This.Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR's first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World.