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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

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

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December 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

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America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

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.

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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.