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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”
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.

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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.

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America’s Political Dynasties

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

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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.

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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.