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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.”

Spotlight

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

Robin and Jeremy

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

December 16 Comment

‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

December 16 2 Comments

Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."

December 15 11 Comments

As School Fees Rise, So Do Questions Over What Constitutes A Free Education

As schools across the country struggle with budget cuts, more and more are charging fees for essential school-related services.

December 15 3 Comments

Both Sides Undergoing Mediation To Resolve Homeless Feeding Dispute

A 90-year-old activist has been arrested recently for feeding the homeless — an act that is illegal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.