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Wednesday June 18, 2008

Oil Drilling

President Bush is calling on Congress to lift the 27-year ban on offshore oil drilling, insisting that when lawmakers do that, he’ll lift an executive order his father signed in 1990 that banned drilling. We speak with Wall Street Journal reporter Stephen Power.

Transracial Adoption

A new report on transracial adoption claims that a 1994 law mandating social workers take a colorblind approach when placing children with adoptive parents, may not be helping minority children as intended. We speak with Adam Pertman, the executive director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, a research and advocacy organization that published the report. We also hear from Shannon Gibney, an African American woman who was adopted by white parents.

Floods of 1993

As Midwesterners cope again with flooding, we look back at the flood of 1993 with Adam Pitluk. Pitluk’s new book, Damned to Eternity: The Story of the Man Who They Said Caused the Flood, tells what happened to James Scott. Scott, who was volunteering in a community effort to stop the flood waters, was convicted of sabotaging the levees by tampering with sandbags.

American Cheerleaders in India

Several NFL cheerleaders went to India to work as cheerleaders for cricket teams….with western style dancing and skimpy uniforms. We speak with Heather Tran, who is a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. She is just back from Bangalore India….and says if the fans were razzing her, she couldn’t tell because of the language barrier.

Celtics

Celtics’ fan, Robin Young, reflects on last night’s big win.

Educational Rap

Here and Now’s Victoria Cheng reports on the new company Rhythm, Rhyme Results, or Triple R, that is producing rap and hip-hop music with educational content for use in middle and high schools. The songs, recorded by prominent rappers, cover subjects such as verb tense, the 27 amendments to the Constitution and photosynthesis to name just a few. And they are getting positive reviews from students, teachers and music critics alike.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

October 17 Comment

Toll Lanes: Coming Soon To Almost Every Major City In Florida

Reporting by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting found the toll lanes are developed without much public input, and without reliable knowledge of the cost.

October 17 Comment

USAID: Challenges And Small Victories In Liberia

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 4,500 people in the region with an estimated 8,900 more people currently infected.

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Kathy Gunst Thinks Fall Greens

Now that summer has turned to fall, we start bidding adieu to the summer corn and say hello to fall greens.

October 16 Comment

‘Alternate Routes': Tradition And Change In Utah

Rachel Rohr's dispatches from Utah, where young people are confronting same-sex marriage and other conflicts between change and tradition.