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Thursday March 19, 2009

Geithner’s Fate As AIG Fallout Continues

Will Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner be able to keep his job, as the furor continues over the $165 million dollars in bonuses paid to employees at bailed-out AIG? We speak with John Harwood, New York Times Political Writer and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC.

Detainees Interviewed about Secret CIA ‘Black Sites’

In the fall of 2006, former President George W. Bush admitted the United States had set up secret CIA detention centers outside the US where “high-value” terrorist suspects were taken for interrogation. They were later transferred to the Guantanamo Bay Prison in Cuba, where they were interviewed by the International Committee of the Red Cross about their often harsh interrogation experiences. We speak to Mark Danner, who is a contributor to the New York Review of Books, which is publishing excerpts of the transcripts.

Questions about Prostate Cancer Screenings

Conventional medical wisdom says men over 50 should have an annual PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. But two new studies, one from Europe and one from the US, say the tests do not necessarily lower prostate cancer death rates. In fact, the American study showed better survival rates among an unscreened group. We check in with Dr. Tim Johnson, medical editor at ABC news, and frequent Here and Now contributor, about what these tests mean.

Obama TV

President Barack Obama takes his message of economic recovery to the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik tells us this is part of a whirlwind TV tour, as the president uses the medium he has mastered to sell his programs directly to the American public. Next on Obama TV: possibly 10 minute fireside chats on network television, a la FDR.

Economic Stories From the Mississippi Delta

In the midst of the economic crisis, the BBC’s Kevin Connolly visits one of the poorest states in the United States to profile the delta town of Greenville.

"Sin Nombre"

"Sin Nombre"

Mexican Gangs, Love and a Train Journey in
‘Sin Nombre’

We speak to writer-director Cary Fukunaga about his new film “Sin Nombre,” winner of the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The Spanish language film tells the story of Sayra, a young girl from Honduras, and Willy, a member of a Mexican gang, as they make a perilous journey on top of a train through Mexico to the United States.

Music From the Show

  • Radiohead, “There, There”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • Herbie Hancock, “Watermelon Man”
  • Kar Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Wee Trio, “About a Girl”
  • Marcelo Zarvos, “The Journey”
  • Marcelo Zarvos, “Sin Nombre”
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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

January 26 3 Comments

Limitations Of Winter Freeze Inspire Maine Chef

The food at Vinland in downtown Portland is 100 percent locally sourced, even in the dead of winter.

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Mayors Examine Community Policing

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has new recommendations on community policing, in the wake of Ferguson.

January 23 4 Comments

How ‘The Good War’ In Afghanistan Went Bad

Jack Fairweather's new book argues the war could turn out to be the defining tragedy of the 21st century.

January 23 4 Comments

How To Keep That Fitness Resolution

It's that time of year when the post-New Year's crowd at the gym starts to thin. We get advice on how to stick with it.