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Monday September 8, 2008

Mortgage Giants

Who will the winners and losers be in the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? We speak with Michael Crittenden, reporter for Dow Jones Newswires.

Culture Wars

Has a culture war been declared in the presidential campaign? We look at some of the rhetoric from the two conventions with Rick Perlstein, a senior fellow at the Campaign for America’s Future and author of “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.”

Building A Better Battery

Today’s always-on, always-connected lifestyle is built on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. But they are not without their problems: including flameouts, early failures, and capacity limitations. A Massachusetts woman is out to change all that. IEEE Spectrum Radio’s Tekla Perry has our profile of a 40-year-old jazz singer, soccer mom, and research chemist whose building a safer, longer-lasting power-pac.

Girls’ Mountain Biking

Sisters Lea and Sabra Davison are professional mountain bikers and a few year ago they noticed that teenage girls that had been interested in mountain biking as children were turning to other team sports like soccer and basketball. They started a summer program called Little Bellas to teach young girls biking and leadership skills. The program concluded this past weekend.

Blind Boone

John William Boone was a blind African-American pianist and composer from Missouri, the son of a runaway slave. Still, he became a pioneer in the development of 20th century popular music. But his contributions to Americana would be lost if not for the efforts of John Davis. We speak with Davis about his latest CD, “Marshfield Tornado: John Davis Plays Blind Boone.”

Robin and Jeremy

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

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Noah Baumbach On Middle Age And ‘While We’re Young’

In the writer-director's new film, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts' characters befriend a younger, free-spirited couple.

March 26 Comment

How March Became Mad

The NCAA men's tournament started in 1939 but it was decades before it became the extravaganza it is today.

March 25 4 Comments

DJ Sessions: Opera Greats Past And Present

Peter Van de Graaf shares some of his favorites, from the late German tenor Fritz Wunderlich to American soprano Renee Fleming.

March 25 16 Comments

The College You Go To May Not Matter As Much As You Think

Frank Bruni writes in his new book that there are many colleges that are great, but just don't get as much press.