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Tuesday June 9, 2009

Guantanamo Detainee in NY Court

Ahmed Ghailani has become the first detainee to be transferred from Guantanamo into the United States to face trail. Ghailani is in New York City to be arraigned on 286 counts, including conspiring with Osama bin Laden to kill American citizens. We’ll speak with Carol Rosenberg, reporter for the Miami Herald and McClatchy newspapers, about what this might mean for other detainees.

Free Range Kids

Lenore Skenazy earned the nickname “America’s Worst Mom” after she let her nine-year-old son ride the New York City subway home alone. She answers her critics in “Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had, Without Going Nuts With Worry.” Her book is full of statistics supporting her premise that kids are safer today than when their parents were kids. She also has 14 “Commandments” for parents who want to give their kids a bit more freedom.

The People’s Court Chinese Style

Settling a family or property dispute in China can be frustrating because the courts often can’t or won’t settle small claims. So some Chinese are turning to television for mediation. The BBC’s Chris Hogg reports.

Ethics at Business Schools

A growing number of graduates at the nation’s business schools are formally pledging to act ethically in their professions. Some, for example, promise to refrain from advancing their own “narrow ambitions” at the expense of others. We talk with Dr. Angel Cabrera, president of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Students there are asked to take an oath of honor at graduation.

Colbert Report in Iraq

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert wore a camouflage suite and tie as he performed before hundreds of American troops from Iraq last night.

Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey on New Album

Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple performing in 2006. (Flickr/Khaotikit)

Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple performing in 2006. (Flickr/Khaotikit)

Using jangly guitars, power chords and sweet harmonies, Holsapple and Stamey have been making great pop music since the early 80s, with their influential band, The dB’s. Their first record together in 17 years updates their sound but also hearkens back to their previous work. It’s called “Here and Now.” The record is out today and Holsapple and Stamey are supporting it with a brief tour.

Music from the show

  • Freddie Hubbard, “Gibraltar”
  • Tito Puente, “Royal T”
  • Ahmad Jamal, “Patterns”
  • Sonny Rollins, “Get Happy”
  • The dB’s, “Black and White”
  • Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, “Widescreen World”
  • Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, “Long Time Coming”
  • Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, “Begin Again”
  • Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, “Early in the Morning”
  • Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey, “Here and Now”
  • Joe Ruivo

    Please…The U.S. houses 1/4 of the people in prison around the world! We’ve held Black Panthers, Anarchists, Communist, and the whole population of Asian-Americans during WWII. We’ve got the Uni-bomber and Charles Manson behind bars. We’re supposed to be the strongest contry in the world and we cant handle a bunch of so called terrorists?! The Republicans called for more prisons, now they’re afraid to use them!!

  • Elaina

    In reference to the current, Free Range Kids segment, I understand what you are attempting to point to as far as statistics, but, I’d like to not be on the losing end of the numbers. THERE ARE bad people out there…who wants a pedophile around their kids????

    I don’t like riding the subway in NYC alone putting my kid on there alone. Times have changed. I don’t keep my daughter locked up on the house but I am far more vigilent than my parents ever had to be.

    Frankly, I would call the police on you as well.

  • Todd Griesemer

    While the author’s Stats are compelling I submit that there is one major difference between now and when I walked 10 blocks to kindergarten (age 5): I waved to the occupant of nearly every other house on my way to school because everyone was looking out for the kids. Today our society is so lost in our i-Phones it’s never been easier to hide “out in the open.”

    It took only 8 years for a stranger to stop his car on the road in front of my house, walk into my yard and attempt to talk my youngest daughter into his car. (I was out of his sight but also in the yard).

    I think the most effective way to sway the stats in your child’s favor is to teach them to be with other children when they’re not with you. Groups of kids are much less likely to be approached.

  • Ann

    Thank you for attempting to speak to the irrational fears of the “helicopter” parents, hovering over their children. An essential function of a competent parent is to teach her child to be a safety-conscious, independent adult. I fully expect that my four-year old child will be walking to school on her own sometime before she completes elementary school, likely in the company of neighborhood friends, and I will NOT be worried, and I am not a neglectful mother for wanting her to exercise independence.

  • Satoru

    The America’s worst mom brought up a number of statistical/scientific data and concluded that our society has been becoming safer. But one of the major factors for the safer society may well be those over-protective parents. I don’t necessarily disagree with her, but her logic completely fails. It’s like conduting a research without a controlling group.

  • Meghan

    I enjoyed the interview with Lenore Skenazy and for the most part am a fellow believer in the thought that kids today are far too restricted. However, I disagree with her premise that the main reason parents today are now so afraid to let their kids out is because of media. Specifically parents watching “scary” crime shows.

    I think better component to examine is the breakdown of community. Neighborhoods are no longer filled with stay at home moms, but latch key kids. Many of us don’t have a local grocery, or local diner, or local anything where we have established relationships with the people around our towns. We instead get the wal-mart, McDonalds and the like full of high-turnover employees. This makes it harder to trust that if your child is out in the community and something goes wrong there will be people around we can rely on to step in.

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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A Call To Reject Corporal Punishment As Part Of Black Culture

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

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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.

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Ecuadorian Drilling Damage Inspires Documentary

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