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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.

September 18 Comment

Terry Gilliam Goes Back To The Dystopian Future

Terry Gilliam's new film, "The Zero Theorem" will be familiar to his fans.

September 18 5 Comments

DJ Sessions: Kansas’ ‘Retro Cocktail Hour’

"Space age pop" and "incredibly strange music" are the songs of the day on this installment of the DJ Sessions.

September 17 21 Comments

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

September 17 40 Comments

How Has The Obesity Epidemic Disrupted Romance?

The health impacts of the obesity epidemic are well-documented. Less studied are its ramifications for romance.