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December 31, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/31

Intelligence Failures, The End of The Decade, Champagne under the Microscope, Films on Ty Burr’s Best Of List, Blue Moon Gazing

December 31, 2009 Comment

Films on Ty Burr's Best Of List

Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr gives his top film picks of the past decade, from “The Pianist”, “The Two Towers”, “Borat” and more.

December 30, 2009 Comment

New Years Breakfast and Brunch Ideas from Kathy Gunst

Resident Chef Kathy Gunst has some ideas for delicious but simple breakfast and brunch ideas- especially fit for New Years Day.

December 30, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/30

Intelligence Failures, Penelope Leach, Arson Investigation in Western Massachusetts, Editor and Publisher Folds, Best Sports Books of 2009

December 29, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/29

Year in Review with Joe Klein, Revolutionary Ebrahim Yazdi’s Detention in Iran, The Irish Economy, A Young Man Joins the Army and Grows Up, The Economy in Cartoons

December 29, 2009 Comment

The Economy in Cartoons

We page through New Yorker cartoons featuring bankers on ledges, Humpty Dumpty sitting on a Wall Street sign and a father laying off his wife and kids with New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, who says that “tragedy plus time equals comedy.” Mankoff has compiled the new book “On the Money: The Economy in Cartoons 1925-2009.”

December 28, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/28

Airline Security, Promised Virgins, Sakharov Prize, A Young Man Joins the Army and Grows Up, Louisa May Alcott

December 25, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/25

Three Wise Men, Word of the Year, Top Holiday Songs of the Decade, Is Chrysler Selling Cars or Cause?, Who is Sherlock Holmes?

December 24, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/24

Health Care on Christmas Eve, Digitizing Monk, The Manger, Christmas at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, A Christmas Carol

December 24, 2009 Comment

Digitizing Monk

Father Columba Stewart has made it his mission to digitize precious manuscripts found in some of the most threatened communities around the world, including Lebanon during the 2006 war with Israel, Iraq, and Ethiopia.

December 23, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/23

The Health of U.S. Banks, Islam in Chinese Characters, Mexican Drug War, Living to 100, Belmont Madrigals

December 22, 2009 Comment

Christmas Jollies 2009

Raised Jewish, Bill Adler started making Christmas music mixtapes after he married into a Christian family. And soon the hobby turned into a passion. Every year since 1984, Adler searches for the most eclectic Christmas music from all genres and decades to produce his “Christmas Jollies” mixtape. Producer Jon Kalish has our story.

December 22, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/22

The Battle for Tora Bora, Operation Marriage, iTV?, Food Stamps, Christmas Jollies

December 21, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/21

Health Care Reform Passes in the Senate, Searching for Balance in Religion, The Trial Of Major Hasan, Feliz Navidad in Barcelona, Cookbooks for The Cooks on Your List

December 21, 2009 Comment

Cookbooks for The Cooks on Your List

Here and Now’s resident chef Kathy Gunst lugs in her favorite cookbooks of the year. They include “Gourmet Today” from Ruth Reichl, and books from chefs David Chang, Michael Psilakis, Barbara Lynch and others.

December 18, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/18

Climate Change, Wally Lamb, Gary, Indiana, A Canadian Doctor and His Ties to Tiger Woods, Letters and Robin’s Essay

December 18, 2009 Comment

Wishin' and Hopin'

Wally Lamb typically writes sprawling works that deal with difficult subjects but his new book is a breezy novella that’s perfect for the holiday season. “Wishin’ and Hopin: A Christmas Story” is set in a Connecticut parochial school in 1964 and the main event is a Christmas pageant that goes hilariously wrong.

December 17, 2009 13 Comments

Rundown 12/17

U.S. Predator Drones Vulnerable to Hackers, The Music Room, Russia and Ukraine and Natural Gas, The Sales Tax Quandry, The Christmas Chronicles

December 16, 2009 Comment

Rundown 12/16

Senate Closes in on Health Care Bill, History According to Howard Zinn, Small Town Police Accused of Murder Cover-Up, Yemen, Nearsightedness On the Rise, Heavy Metal Choir

December 16, 2009 Comment

Heavy Metal Choir

If you’re getting weary of the omnipresent piped-in Christmas music this time of year, we have a break for you – a heavy metal choir. Here and Now’s Andrea Shea profiles Bang Camaro, a Boston based group which consists of two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer and as many as 20 lead male singers.


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 18 Comment

College Counselor: ‘A Deferral Is Not A Denial’

Lisa Micele shares tips for applying to college — especially for students who have been deferred under early decision.

December 18 15 Comments

America’s Political Dynasties

Americans under 38 have only experienced one presidential election that did not involve a Bush or a Clinton.

December 17 2 Comments

Atticus Lish’s ‘Preparation For The Next Life’

The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.

December 17 3 Comments

Diagnosing Ear Infections With Your Smartphone

The CellScope Oto is a clip-on gadget that turns a smartphone into an otoscope — the tool doctors use to check out a patient's eardrum.