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Monday November 30, 2009

David Leonhardt on What’s Missing in the Health Care Debate

As Senate Democrats try to line up enough votes to pass their version of health care reform legislation, the question of affording both health care reform and the war in Afghanistan has come to the fore. We speak with David Leonhardt, “Economic Scene” columnist for the New York Times, about what’s lacking so far in the health care reform debate.

Demjanjuk Trial

89-year-old John Demjanjuk is on trial in Germany in connection with the murders of more than 27,000 people at a Nazi death camp in Poland during World War Two. Prosecutors allege Demjanjuk was an S.S. guard at the camp, but Demjanjuk claims he was never there. The BBC’s Oana Lungescu is covering the trial and joins us from Munich to talk about the opening day.

Tiger’s Not Talking

Tiger Woods says he won’t talk to police investigators about the early morning car crash that left him unconscious and bleeding on Friday. Instead, he’s posted a message on his website taking responsibility for the accident and denouncing what he’s calling malicious and irresponsible rumors. We talk with Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Bamberger about the incident.

Cyber Monday

Analysts expect nearly a 100 million Americans to hit the web for holiday shopping today, on what has become known as Cyber Monday. What are people buying? And is it enough to put retailers in the black? We’ll speak with Ylan Mui, retail reporter for the Washington Post.

Toy Makers

In response the lead tainted toy scare a few years back, Congress passed legislation that set safety standards for all goods used by children under twelve – including toys. The new regulations go into effect in February and many large toy companies say the are already testing the safety of their products. But small, independent toy makers say the cost of complying with the new rules will put them out of business. We talk with William John Woods, who builds wooden toys in Ogunquit, Maine.

A Film Score without the Film

In this Sept. 18, 2009 photo, musician Brian Setzer poses at home with his guitar in his Minneapolis condo. Setzer, leader of the Brian Setzer Orchestra and a fan of film noir, is out with a new CD titled "Songs from Lonely Avenue," which is a tribute to film noir. (AP)

In this Sept. 18, 2009 photo, musician Brian Setzer poses at home with his guitar in his Minneapolis condo. (AP)

Former Stray Cats front man, Brian Setzer, is out with a new album inspired by the Film Noir genre of the 1940s and 50s. Brian Setzer says he approached “Songs from Lonely Avenue” as if he were writing a film score. Now, he’s just waiting to see if someone will write a movie around the songs. Brian Setzer joins us with his Gretsch guitar to talk about his new album as well as his now annual Holiday music tour.

Music from the show

  • Kar-Kar Madison, “Boubacar Traore”
  • Christian McBride, “Theme for Kareem”
  • Paul Simon, “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
  • The Lickets, “Meat City”
  • Fred Hirsch, “Desafinado”
  • Freddie Hubbard, “Little Sunflower”
Spotlight

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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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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

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‘Sacred Journeys’ Documents Religious Pilgrimages

In a new documentary series on PBS, Bruce Feiler accompanies Americans on pilgrimages to six of the world's holiest sites.

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Jewish Cuisine — It’s Not Just Chopped Liver

Janna Gur shares some history of Jewish cuisine, as well as three recipes from her new cookbook "Jewish Soul Food."