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Wednesday September 10, 2008

Lipstick and Presidential Politics

The McCain camp is slamming Barack Obama for saying, “You can put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig,” about John McCain’s policies. McCain says Obama’s comment was aimed at the GOP’s vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin. Meanwhile, new polls suggest a double-digit swing of white women voters to McCain since he teamed up with Palin. We speak with Mark Halperin, political analyst for Time magazine and ABC News.

The Way We’ll Be

We talk presidential politics with pollster John Zogby. His new book is called “The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream.” In it, Zogby says the U.S. is in the midst of a fundamental reorientation — away from consumption and toward a new global citizenry which is learning to adjust to a world of limited resources. And he says this change is playing out in the current presidential race which according to the candidates themselves is all about “change.”

Haiti

The country has been devastated by 4 back-to-back hurricanes. We talk to Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles, who accompanied Haiti’s prime minister on a helicopter flight to assess damage. She was also the only international reporter in Port au Prince in the first days after the hurricanes struck.

Hurricanes

Hurricane Ike strengthened as it entered the Gulf of Mexico today, heading towards Texas after leaving nearly 200 dead in Cuba and Haiti. And it comes after Hurricane Gustav hit Louisiana last week, and Hanna the East Coast. We speak with MIT climate scientist and professor Kerry Emanuel about how hurricanes form and strengthen and how they are affected by global climate change.

Minnesota Arts

We speak with Peter Brosius, artistic director of the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis Minnesota about the thriving arts culture of the Twin Cities, and how so many arts organizations manage to stay in operation.

Robin and Jeremy

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

September 15 26 Comments

A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

An incident of child abuse by an NFL player has raised questions about the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline in the African-American community.

September 15 26 Comments

Would You Pay To Get Your Kid Into A Top College?

A San Francisco company charges parents for a consulting package based on the odds their student will get into a certain university, with prices up to a million dollars.

September 12 9 Comments

Senator: Arab Countries ‘Need To Step To The Plate’ In Fight Against ISIS

Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama's plan for fighting the Islamic State.

September 12 Comment

Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

An American and an Ecuadorian are inspired to help Ecuador heal from decades of drilling and oil spills.