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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.”

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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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The Playwright Behind ‘Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike’

Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning comedy is currently being performed in 27 regional theaters across the U.S.

January 22 25 Comments

EdX CEO Lays Out Disruptive Vision For Higher Ed

Anant Agarwal believes MOOCs — massive online courses — can be a disruptive force for good in higher education.

January 21 20 Comments

What Happens When Your Sibling Makes More Than You?

Sociologist Dalton Conley explains what it means for family dynamics when one sibling is significantly richer or poorer.

January 21 2 Comments

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president's plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.