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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

From controversial new textbooks to a Maverick family reunion, here are stories from Jeremy Hobson's week in Houston and San Antonio.

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July 3 Comment

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

July 3 Comment

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

July 2 11 Comments

Professor Says Jefferson Davis Statue Should Be Removed, Preserved

At the University of Texas at Austin, there are calls to take down a statue of the Confederate president on campus.

July 2 2 Comments

Sweet And Savory Watermelon

Our resident chef shares five recipes, including watermelon pickles and a watermelon, crab and arugula salad.