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Monday August 10, 2009

Healthcare Debate and Euthanasia

What exactly do the proposed bills about healthcare say about end-of-life care? Some Americans say health reform will lead to euthanasia.  And legislators around the country are hearing from angry Americans. We will speak to Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), about what’s in the bill.  Congressman Miller received a death threat last week. We’ll also speak to Peter Wallsten, national political writer, for the Los Angeles Times.

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden

A small village in the state of Gujarat, India feels the effects of Somali piracy. Men from this village have traditionally carried goods to Somalia on small boats. And like the crews of oil tankers and cargo ships, they’re being targeted by pirates. The BBC’s Anna Cunningham reports.

A Museum Dedicated to Math?

Glen Whitney gave up his high-paying job at a hedge fund in order to establish what might become the nation’s only museum dedicated to math. Not surprisingly, he sees math everywhere; he gives math tours, and he’s created a traveling math exhibit.

Clock Ticking for Merce Cunningham Dance Company

FILE- In This July 27, 1964 file photo, Merce Cunningham lifts Carolyn Brown during rehearsal at Sadler Wells Theater in London, England. On Tuesday, June 9, 2009, the Cunningham Dance Foundation announced that will close after a two-year international tour and New York performance, to document Cunningham's cutting-edge movements, along with sets and costumes, so they can be studied and performed when he can no longer lead his dance company. (AP)

In this 1964 file photo, Merce Cunningham lifts Carolyn Brown during rehearsal at Sadler Wells Theater in London, England. (AP)

With the death of American choreographer Merce Cunningham on July 26, a two-year clock began counting down. As arranged by Cunningham and his aides before his death, dancers will embark on a farewell world tour that’ll run two years. Then the company will shut down and aides will begin the work of training dancers in other companies to perform Cunningham’s groundbreaking choreography.

‘Commencement’

J. Courtney Sullivan‘s new novel “Commencement” follows four Smith College graduates through college and beyond graduation as they struggle with their life choices. We talk to Courtney about the book, and about what feminism means to young women today.

Music from the show

  • Peter Dixon, “Nagog Woods”Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • Massive Attack, “Future Proof”
  • Talking Heads, “This Must Be the Place”
  • Charles Mingus, “Boogie Stop Shuffle”
  • Radiohead and Sigur Ros, “Split Sides”
  • Moby, “Myopia”
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.

December 18 17 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.