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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.


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.


Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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

November 27 Comment

Books To Give As Gifts This Year

If you're looking to give a book to a friend or family member this holiday, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer shares her picks.

November 26 8 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

November 26 Comment

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.