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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”
Robin and Jeremy

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

November 20 3 Comments

The Man Behind ‘Mockingjay’

Francis Lawrence describes the rewards and challenges of bringing "The Hunger Games" books to the screen.

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Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay's collection "Redeployment" as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

November 19 11 Comments

New Film Revisits The Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

The Penn State assistant football coach will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, but that's not the end of the story.

November 19 222 Comments

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.