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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.

Robin and Jeremy

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

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

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‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.