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Tuesday August 5, 2008

Anthrax Deaths

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the anthrax scare of 2001 helped shape U.S policy toward Iraq. So says columnist Peter Canellos in the Boston Globe today. He writes that if Bruce Ivins, the Army scientist who killed himself last week was responsible for five anthrax deaths, he was also guilty of turning American attention away from Afghanistan and toward Iraq.

Howard Zinn

Historian and social activist Howard Zinn is out with a new graphic-style book, A People’s History of American Empire. We speak to Zinn about his experiences as a young soldier in World War II and about today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Beijing Air Quality

The U.S. cycling team arrived in Beijing today wearing black cloth air masks, even though the air quality has improved in the Chinese capital over the past few days. We speak with Dr. Staci Simonich, associate professor of chemistry at Oregon State University; she is one of nearly 100 scientists gathered in Beijing to study air quality.

Wu Shu

In many Olympics, the host country is able to introduce a new sport into the Games. Korea introduced tae kwan do, and Japan got judo. But when it comes to wu shu, the Chinese Olympic committee struck out. That’s because there aren’t enough international judges to score the sport, which combines martial arts with gymnastic moves. Reporter Anne Donohue takes a look at the Chinese sport of wu shu.

Bluegrass in China

We speak with banjo player and singer Abigail Washburn. She and her band, the Sparrow Quartet, will be performing at the American Embassy in Beijing next week as part of the Olympic festivities. Abigail not only plays bluegrass music, but speaks fluent Mandarin and sings traditional Chinese folk music as well.

Spotlight

Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.

Robin and Jeremy

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

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Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 4 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."