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Monday August 11, 2008

Georgia and Russia

The Georgian government says that Russia has opened a second front of fighting in Georgia — sending armored vehicles beyond two breakaway provinces. We’ll speak with Fred Weir of the Christian Science Monitor.

Retirement

We’ve all seen the headlines warning Americans that their retirement years may be far from golden. The Social Security system is strained. Employer provided pensions and health care are on the decline. So what are the options?

Immigration Equality

Current immigration law allows American citizens to sponsor their foreign-born spouses for immigration purposes, but same-sex bi-national couples are not afforded that same right. Now, activists have introduced the Uniting American Families Act to Congress in an effort to give same-sex couples the same immigration rights as straight couples. We speak to a British citizen who lives in Michigan with her American partner of fourteen years. We also talk to Rachel Tiven of Immigration Equality, a group that is working to get the Uniting American Families Act passed in Congress.

Wii Habilitation

Physical therapists who have long struggled with getting their patients to stick to their rehabilitation programs are striking back with a new tool: the Nintendo Wii. Now the only problem they have is making sure their patients don’t do too much therapy.

Batman and George W. Bush

Conservative pundit Andrew Klavan wrote a recent editorial comparing The Dark Knight’s Batman to George W. Bush. Robin Young discusses the conflation of film and politics with Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr.

Spotlight

Peter O’Dowd follows the route of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train 150 years ago, to look at modern-day race relations and Lincoln's legacy.

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May 25 Comment

Father’s Love For Fallen Son Inspires Memorial Day Tradition

In what has become an annual tradition, volunteers join Paul Monti, whose son died while serving in Afghanistan, to plant flags at each gravestone at the Massachusetts National Cemetery.

May 25 3 Comments

An Ordinary Day At Arlington National Cemetery

Official ceremonies will be held at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins has this report of an ordinary day at the cemetery.

May 21 7 Comments

YouTube Sensation Publishes Her First Cookbook

Maangchi's career was born when her son suggested she start making videos of herself cooking Korean dishes.

May 21 17 Comments

UC’s Napolitano Speaks Out On High Cost Of Public Ed, Anti-Semitism On Campus

Janet Napolitano talks about a plan to freeze in-state tuition, and campus protests against Israel's occupation of the West Bank.